In the wake of recent Supreme Court rulings and executive power grabs on the part of President Obama, leaders in state legislatures are considering ways of curbing the power of the federal government.
Enter Convention of States Project, a nationwide grassroots organization working to restore the balance of power to the states and to the people. Mark Meckler, the co-founder of COS, recently spoke before a standing-room-only crowd made up of state legislators from across the country.
“You have a historic role to play” said Meckler. “You’ve been given a solemn responsibility by the Founders, and the Founders asked you to stand. They asked you to be the last line of defense for liberty!”
“Who is there to protect us when five Supreme Court justices behave so unconstitutionally?” Meckler asked. “The answer is: you. The Founders gave you the answer. The Founders wrote a note to you personally in Article V, and the note said that the time is going to come when the federal government exceeds its bounds.”
More and more legislators are becoming supportive of an Article V convention of states. Still in just its second year of operation, the Convention of States Project’s resolution has been ratified by four states, passed through one chamber in 10 other states, and has legislative sponsors in about 40 states.
Meckler went on to suggest popular ideas that could be proposed at such a convention, including congressional and judicial term limits, a balanced budget amendment, and the abolishment of the income tax.
“The only solution as big as the problem is the convention of states,” said Meckler. “They’re not going to give us our power back. The only thing we can do is take it back.”
The crowd of state legislators rose to its feet in thunderous applause. Convention of States Project launched its COS Caucus at the event and has added more than 200 legislators representing 40 states to its ranks in the first week.