Washington by a Convention of States
By Jeff Lukens
Are you happy with the way the federal government is operating? The Founders
knew the federal government might one day become overbearing and abuse its
power. I believe that day has arrived. If you feel the same way and are
willing to be a part of the solution to correct it, please read on.
Today's power grab in Washington is precisely what the
Founders feared would happen, and they gave us a solution to correct it. By
the power granted in Article V of the Constitution, we hope to stop the
runaway federal spending, the misuse of the federal courts and other
corruption. The federal government has repeatedly proved that it will not
reform itself, so we must do it for the government.
Article V allows two ways to amend the Constitution.
The first way is for Congress, by a two-thirds vote, to approve an
amendment, which would then be ratified by three-quarters of the states. The
second method is for two-thirds of the states (34 states) to approve an
amendment, and then three-quarters of them (38 states) to ratify it. We are
focusing on the second avenue.
Resolutions submitted in the Florida Senate by Alan
Hays and in the Florida House by Larry Metz call for a convention to be held
for the purpose of amending the Constitution. They will likely be voted upon
in the coming legislative session.
A nationwide movement is already underway. If 34 states
pass similar resolutions, the U.S. Congress will be compelled to call for a
Convention of States. A group of five to 10 amendments may be proposed at
such a convention. Each state gets one vote, and each amendment must stand
on its own merit.
Amendments being debated include imposing term limits
on members of Congress and on Supreme Court justices, and placing an upper
limit on federal taxation. Others are a balanced budget amendment and a
provision for states to override federal laws and executive orders by a
The Constitution is all about checks and balances
between the branches of government. In a general sense, these amendments are
meant to provide additional checks on the federal government by the states.
Could this be an idea whose time has come? I think so.
These changes are long overdue, and we need help to implement them. This is
a nonpartisan movement that all Americans can support. To learn more, go to