As young Americans 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. We seek to ensure that a convention to propose amendments, convened under the Convention of States Project application, will consider amendment proposals to accomplish the following purposes, each of which falls within the scope of th application:
- To limit Congress’ power to tax and spend to such taxation and spending as is directly tied to its fulfillment of its specifically enumerated constitutional powers.
- To carefully define Congress’ power to regulate commerce among the several states, which has been stretched far beyond its original meaning and is now interpreted to give Congress virtually unlimited power over commercial activity.
- To preclude unelected federal bureaucrats from enacting rules and regulations with the force of law apart from the meaningful, substantive and regular oversight and approval of our elected officials.
- To consider placing term limits on federal officials, including federal judges.
“I absolutely support the Convention of States Project, designed for fulfilling the Constitutional methodologies for protecting our rights. Article V exists so that the people have the final say, not the federal government. Yes, it can happen -- and yes, it should happen. We should begin by completely restructuring the unconstitutional federal executive bureaucracy; only Congress has constitutional legislative authority. Administrative agencies should not be making law. If you believe the people should decide instead of Washington, DC, then you should support the Convention of States Project.”
—Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire
“The Founding Fathers gave us a foolproof way to rein in an overreaching federal government in Article V. If young conservatives want to take back our country, they will join me in supporting the Convention of States Project. A convention of states is the only constitutional way to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and anyone who want to give power back to the people will support this growing movement. After all, as we always say at Turning Point, ‘Big Government Sucks’ and it's not going to shrink itself.”
—Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA
“The only way to put government back in check and return America to its founding documents is if 'we the people' do it. Convention of States is a great organization built by and for the grassroots. I believe we have the opportunity right now to call a convention and turn our country around.”
—Lawrence Jones, host on The Blaze
“I'm a big believer in the Convention of States...I don't believe that Congress is going to limit their own power. I've pledged to support term limit legislation, and if Convention of States can accomplish that through an Article V convention, more power to them.”
—Austin Petersen, candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri
Sign the Young Americans for COS Petition
On behalf of all young Americans and future generations of Americans, I pledge to do my utmost to aid in the successful implementation of the Article V convention of states process, in order to restrain our out-of-control federal government and to preserve liberty and the rule of law for us and for our posterity.
Other young Americans that support COS
"Convention of States is the only way that we can bring the power back to the people of our country, the way our founding fathers intended it to be, and save the future of not only my generation, but to all our countries future leaders and children. An Article V Convention of States is the only solution to our massive debt, and to drain the swamp of Washington’s corrupt establishment. Washington isn’t going to fix anything; we the people must.” David Spencer Ohio YA4COS National Director
“I am just like you. I'm someone who saw the mounting problems in Washington, heard the constant political squabbling, and almost gave up. But I couldn't give up, because the debt is climbing – about to crush my generation, my children, and my grandchildren. I once felt trapped, but now I'm able to keep fighting because I now know we have a solution. Politics as usual won't cut it anymore. We have to pick up the Constitution and fight our own revolution, not of blood and battle, but of ideas and law. We fight to restore our liberty. That's what I and millions of others have decided to do, and I hope you do as well.” Sarah Abdouch Iowa Convention of States Iowa State Director
“I haven't met a bigger cynic than myself when it comes to the federal government. After seeing the status quo dictate how D.C. does its business, I was ready to throw in the towel and retreat from the fight. But I couldn't give up. The debt is climbing and it's going to fall like a ton of bricks on my kids and grandkids. I have to do something about it. Electing new politicians and presidents won't help. The fight has moved to the states. The fight has moved to calling an Article V Convention of the States to amend and restore the Constitution. That's what I and millions of others have decided to do, and I hope you do as well.” Jack McPhereson Texas COS Intern
“Our country stands at a precipice; we either reaffirm our nation’s original design as a constitutional republic whose main function was to protect the natural rights of her citizens, or we fall into a permanent state of dependency, in which every aspect of our lives is dictated by or influenced in some way by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington D.C. This process will be nearly impossible to undo, and future generations—including mine—will be left to pick up the pieces of a once-great republic. Our nation’s founders provided us with a vehicle to rein in the size and scope of an overbearing federal government....It is my hope that this era will one day be known as the ‘Great American Reawakening.’ ” Ryan Meilstrup MichiganYA4COS Assistant National Director
"Conservative millennials will not be ignored. We are the future of this country and our generation needs a solution that involves more than just education, voting, and hoping for actual representation. This is the time when we each need to take action and create long-term change in Washington D.C. I have been in grassroots activism for over ten years now and this is the solution we have been waiting for all along. If you’re asking yourself ‘what next?’ the answer is Convention of States. We can do this but we need your help.” Lucy Meckler California CSG Co-President, Hillsdale College
“I am just like any other college student. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and attending school events, but I began to realize there were bigger things in life. Many people my age decide to disregard the headlines coming from Washington. However, I decided to pay attention and take action to turn these problems around for myself, my children, and my grandchildren. Americans need to realize that the problems we are facing today cannot be fixed by politics as usual. These problems have to be fixed by the masses taking back power from those who are supposed to serve us. I am proud to join millions of others in this revolution to ensure the principles set forth in the Constitution continue to restrict the federal government. I hope you will join us in this fight.” Chase Ray Alabama COS Intern
“I no longer have faith in Washington to alter the United States' destructive course. Electing ‘conservatives’ to the Federal Government has only begot more debt, expansion in the bureaucracy, and few substantial conservative victories....We have a solution secured by the Founders in Article V to take back our government, return power to the states, and reestablish our republic upon the foundation of self-governance. A Convention of States is the first and most important step towards salvaging our broken structure of government. However, this is just the beginning of a movement. After that, we, as young Americans, must bear the torch of liberty and stand guard against threats to the blessings of our nation for which men have shed their blood. This is our duty.
“Every generation needs a new revolution. This is ours.” Weston Boardman Arizona CSG Co-President, Hillsdale College
“We cannot let our nation slip away into the pages of history. The United States of America is, in my view, the final culmination of a divinely guided human epic...Human beings from every corner of the world and every walk of life have united here, in this land,the United States of America, that we call home. Here, we've made it work. Here, we have finally built up a society based on eternal truth—that God has created men equal and free, endowed them with unalienable rights, and demanded that they should all use their liberty to glorify him in their many ways. That is why we must strive today to protect this nation. That is why a Convention of States matters. We are the next generation of American patriots, and we must never forget that. Together, we will restore limited government in our country. We will band together as a new breed of patriots, and we will carry forth the divinely ordained mission of the United States of America, so help us, God!” Corey Rogan Texas COS Intern
“In the beloved Declaration of Independence, when Jefferson is writing about the colonists right to revolution, he says ‘...that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.’ Notice how he says ‘duty.’ As citizens of a country on the brink of subversion we have, not merely a right, but a duty to take action. The words of Jefferson still hold true today. It is our right. It is our duty to form the Government as we see fit. Liberty is not for the faint of heart. We cannot let complacency destroy the best form of Government the world has ever seen. Take action, and help the movement that will save the country.” James Nelson Utah COS Intern