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Convention of States!

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Veterans for COS

As American patriots who fully appreciate and enjoy the blessings of liberty secured to us by our forefathers, we unite behind the Convention of States Project, an effort to use the constitutional power of the states to impose limitations on the power and scope of our overreaching federal government.

As United States veterans, each of us took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” Today, the greatest threat to our Constitution is a highly-centralized federal government that regularly exceeds the limitations of its specifically enumerated constitutional powers, thereby invading the jurisdiction of the states, infringing upon the people’s liberty, and threatening our country with financial disaster.

Because the U.S. Supreme Court has endorsed, rather than corrected, a wide variety of perversions of our Constitution in upholding federal power grabs, we embrace the means of reform provided to the people by our Founding Fathers in Article V. Just as we have sacrificed our physical safety in defense of our great nation, WE NOW INTEND to sacrifice our time and energy to re-assert our rights of self-governance and restore the original design of federalism our constitutional Framers intended.

Sign the Veterans for COS Pledge & COS Petition

I pledge to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution in its entirety--including its grant of power to the people, through their state legislatures, to use Article V to protect our nation from an abusive, overreaching federal government—and I pledge to educate my friends, family members, and neighbors about the importance of using this constitutional tool to protect our liberty.

COS Petition:

Dear Legislator, Our federal government is on a dangerous course. I believe it's time for real solutions. Please support calling a Convention of States to place fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials.

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These Veterans Support COS!

  • Allen West
    “Thank goodness the founders had the wisdom to provide us with Article V of the Constitution, which gives us the right and power to hold and Amending Convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to restrain the scope and power of the federal government... Under the system of federalism, I support the efforts to gather a constitutional Convention of States consistent with Article V and honoring the 10th Amendment.”    Allen West Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) Former U.S. Congressman, Texas
  • Brian Birdwell
    “For years, too many in our deeply-entrenched federal government have willfully ignored the citizens they represent, essentially dissolving the Founders’ originally-intended balance of power and the primary role played by the states as sovereign entities in our national structure. My fellow veterans and I know firsthand the critical importance of a command and authority structure, which is why Washington’s refusal to uphold the Constitution compels the individual states to exercise their collective power through Article V.”    Brian Birdwell Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) Texas State Senator
  • Paul Vallely
    “[O]ur nation is undergoing a period of great turmoil, and our federal government, Republicans and Democrats alike, has proven itself to be incapable of solving many of our national problems. The Washington, DC, political establishment has greatly overstepped its Constitutional boundaries in so many respects---it is truly time for the state governments to take action and return the federal government to its limited powers specified in our Constitution! I want to highlight to you that our nation is currently in a domestic war which we as veterans cannot afford to stand by and watch. We need to help win this war for the benefit of not only ourselves but also our posterity.”    Paul Vallely Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.) Author, lecturer, and counter-terrorism expert
  • Bill Cowan
    “The federal government today has grown completely out of control, far beyond the fence of limited government intended by our nation's founders. The enormity of the federal government and the imbalance of power between the states and the federal government present a threat to our national security. The founders gave us a lawful and orderly process in Article V for the states to exercise the most powerful check on runaway federal power. For this reason, I support the Convention of States Project efforts to call an Article V convention to propose amendments that will limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.”    Bill Cowan Lt. Colonel, USMC (Ret.) Fox News Contributor
  • Pete Hegseth
    “The leviathan of today's federal government continues to grow unabated, pushing the people further away from our Founders' vision of self-governance. The Convention of States Project is the only constitutional pathway for citizens to save our Republic by restoring it to her citizens. Article V of our Constitution underscores the duty of active citizenship and I am proud to stand with millions of volunteers in this effort.”    Pete Hegseth Major, US Army Former CEO of Vets for Freedom and Concerned Veterans of America
  • Paul Gardner
    “As United States military veterans, each of us took a lifelong oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,’ and to ‘bear true faith and allegiance to the same.’ Today, the greatest threat to our Constitution is a highly-centralized federal government that regularly exceeds the limitations of its specifically enumerated constitutional powers, thereby invading the jurisdiction of the states, infringing upon the people’s liberty, and threatening our country with financial disaster. Washington, D.C. requires major, meaningful reforms. These reforms will only come from the outside, i.e., outside of Congress and the political establishment in Washington. This is why the Convention of States Project is essential to the survival of our constitutional republic. ”    Paul Gardner LTC, USAR (Ret.)

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Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
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