Convention of States: Using the Constitution to Bypass Congress

We elect representatives to enact laws and policies that are conducive to our lives as Americans. The elected officials are trusted to hear our voices and act accordingly. Well, it is a common belief that such trust is often misplaced and that the Federal government has run afoul of our wishes as a nation. It does not matter if you are Red, Blue, Green, or any other political color. What matters is that we have people in place who will try their best to do what is best for us as a nation, and that seems to not be what is happening.  The good news is that the framers of our nation knew this may become an issue and gave us a tool to combat it.

The Convention of States, as outlined in Article V of the Constitution, is a tool that allows the states to get together and, basically, act as Congress would for the enacting of Amendments to the Constitution. With two thirds of the states agreeing to hold a convention and two thirds voting for any given proposal, new amendments can be created without the use of Congress, effectively returning control of the government to the American Citizens.

How it Works:

When two-thirds of the states which, in our current case, is 34 states, submit an “application” with the same proposal to Congress through the state legislatures, a convention is held by representatives chosen by each state.

At this convention, the states will vote to ratify an amendment and, should the aforementioned states approve, the amendment will become law.

The great thing about this is that Congress cannot block it. Should the required amount of votes be achieved, the convention will be held. And again, should the required amount of votes, as givenConvention of States by the individual states, be achieved, new laws will be enacted.

Why is this better than Congress passing laws? Because, at this point, Congress is made of politicians who are looking out for their ability to stay in power and they are not overly concerned with doing what the people want or need. The Convention of States will give people much closer to the individual citizens the power to make laws that are designed to make our way of life better, not laws designed to help whoever keeps a particular person in power.

The other benefit of this action is that it is driven by the people. There are over 20 states so far that have submitted their application because of the residents of those states urging their legislators to do so. Because it is driven by the people however, it is important that we speak up and tell our legislators that we want to take part in this, that we feel a need to reform our government and that we want to do it as the people, not the politicians.

For more information on the Convention of States, you can go to the Convention of States website where they answer questions, explain the issue in detail, and help you to not only decide if this is something you want to be a part of, but also give you the tools to contact your state, if you so choose.  By holding a Convention of States, we, as Americans, can control how our government runs and choose how we want our politicians to behave in the future. This may be one of our last chances to do just that before too much control is lost or the work needed becomes unsurmountable.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Seth Belt

Seth grew up in Southern Arizona before joining the U.S. Navy. While serving in the Navy, Seth was an anti-narcotics operator and an anti-submarine operator for 5 years. He was lucky enough to travel to many of the Central and South American countries, as well as visiting many South East Asian nations and islands. One of Seth’s greatest joys from his time in the Navy was teaching new Sailors firearms education and safety. After leaving the Navy in 2010, Seth returned to Arizona and had a rough time learning how to be a civilian again, often working jobs that could barely pay the bills. After going to school, Seth became an Emergency Medical Technician in the Phoenix Valley, where he now lives with his wife and son.His areas of knowledge cover military, firearms, and emergency medicine.
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