About The Convention of States
Reverend Craig welcomes military veteran, Russell (Russ) Beyer. Russ is a volunteer for The Convention of States (COS). Russ shares the mission of of returning the federal government back to the areas of focus that the framers intended.
According to the COS website, Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed.
Since the Project launched in 2013, COS has been spreading like wildfire. With over 3 million supporters nationwide, it has petition signers in every single state house district across America.
WHO’S BEHIND THE CONVENTION OF STATES
The American people. The Convention of States Project is a movement of grassroots citizens who are fed up with business as usual in D.C. The organization is funded by thousands of everyday patriots who have committed their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to protecting liberty for future generations.
Virginia’s Strategy for Convention of States
- The Vision: To build the most effective grassroots organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia that will join with other states to restore the sovereignty of the people. In keeping with our rich history of national leadership in the state of Virginia, we see our state playing a key role as part of the national COS strategy.
- The Mission: Through effective and broad-based grassroots involvement, educate and influence the General Assembly of Virginia to invoke Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
- The Goal: Pass the Convention of States application in Virginia in order to join the other 12 states that have already done so. The application allows the states to debate and propose amendments pertaining to only three subject areas:
- Federal Term limits,
- Federal fiscal restraints, and
- Reducing the size and scope of the federal government.
Authority comes from Article V of the US constitution…it is the second method of proposing amendments and it intentionally bypasses the filter of Congress. Any proposal requires 38 states to ratify in order to become an amendment. In other words, one chamber of 13 states can kill any proposal.
George Soros, 230 statist organizations, and a few radical fringe groups are attempting to defeat the COS movement with fear tactics. They are actively spreading misinformation. Don’t be duped by those who benefit from concentrated power in Washington, D.C. You can review each of the opposers concerns and myths raised here .
Millions of Americans support COS, ranging from your neighbors, to top constitutional attorneys like Mark Levin and Texas Governor Greg Abbott; and those who have seen the D.C. problem up close and personal, like Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Coburn. Check out these resources to read what they’re saying about calling a Convention of States!
How to Get Involved
To petition your state legislator to support the Convention of States Project, a national effort to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution, complete the COS petition here.