Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is promoting an Article V Convention of the States to make changes to the United States Constitution. In a speech at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, Abbott proposed nine amendments he said would rein in the power of the federal government.
Not all conservatives agree this is a good idea. Some grassroots activists worry that liberals would hijack a convention of the states to insert their progressive agenda into the supreme law of the land. There are concerns that such a convention could open up the possibility of a complete rewrite of the Constitution, including things like guaranteeing the right of a man to enter a woman’s bathroom or stripping out the Second Amendment.
Other conservatives think Gov. Abbott is right to argue that the federal government is out of control and the only way to stop its constant overreach is to make changes to the nations’ founding document. Abbott wants to allow states to override federal laws or U.S. Supreme Court decisions if two-thirds of them disagreed and require a seven-justice supermajority for U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
Where do you stand in this debate? Find out more in the articles below and decide for yourself!
August 7th, 2017
It is called by many names: Constitutional Convention, Con-Con, Convention of States, Article V Convention.But just because we can have one, doesn’t mean we should have one. In fact, the opposite is true.
April 26th, 2017
A lot of you may be asking yourself "Why would anyone be against a Balanced Budget?"
February 22nd, 2017
Governor Abbott is pushing for a well-intended but dangerous call for an Article V Convention of the States known as the ‘Texas Plan.’The Governor admits there is nothing wrong with the constitution but lack of enforcement...
February 16th, 2017
The Texas Legislature has begun debating Gov. Greg Abbott’s calls for a “convention of states” that could amend the U.S. Constitution.
January 4th, 2017
The 85th Texas legislative session is just around the corner. It begins on January 10, 2017 and priorities have already been set. A Convention of States is high on the list. The Texas Lt. Governor sent out a press release in...
July 22nd, 2016
The Convention of States Project has made huge inroads into educating Americans about what the FOUNDERS themselves put into our Constitution as a remedy to an overreaching federal government, who they presciently...
May 12th, 2016
Although COS would have one believe that a constitutional convention is a “different creature entirely” from an Article V convention or “convention of the states,” as they call it, this is simply not true.
May 6th, 2016
Going from the office as one of the best Texas Attorneys General ever to Governor, Governor Abbott has brought at least two big legislative disappointments. The first shocking disappointment was his push for the Pre-K4...
May 1st, 2016
We shouldn’t assume—as do some of Gov. Abbott’s co-thinkers—that most state governments are as eager as Texas to curtail the powers of the feds.
August 4th, 2017
My long-time Eagle Forum friend, Orlean Koehle, wrote this enlightening article about the Leftists and Leftist organizations that are pushing for a Convention of the States.
March 2nd, 2017
Gov. Abbott has some good legislative intentions, but his duty is to execute the laws of Texas, not create them. In his list of “emergency” legislative items he includes a “convention of states”, more...
February 20th, 2017
Fighting for the Constitution as given to us by our Founders is a noble goal and the anxiety of the conservative con-con collaborators is understandable. We at The New American and The John Birch Society welcome the...
February 3rd, 2017
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has suggested Gov. Greg Abbott should articulate a clear position on one of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s top priorities for the legislative session: Restrictions on bathroom access based on gender. “...
November 18th, 2016
It was a decade ago that then-Gov. Rick Perry stood on the banks of the Rio Grande in his Carhartt jacket, promising in a TV commercial that “If Washington won’t protect our border, Texas will.” At that time, Texas...
May 18th, 2016
Why do a number of my fellow conservatives – or those posing as conservatives – believe that an Article V Convention of the states call to amend the Constitution will solve the present Constitutional crisis?The U.S....
May 9th, 2016
Last week, a resolution in Delaware’s legislature to rescind all previous calls for an Article V convention passed the Senate by a wide margin (16-4) following passage in the House of Representatives by 25-11.
May 3rd, 2016
The topic of a “constitutional convention,” or more properly an amendments convention, convened by the states under Article V of the Constitution, is hotly disputed among people who want to limit government. Is it the only...
April 28th, 2016
The process specified in Article V for a convention to propose amendments raises many questions that require careful consideration. Questions arise concerning how such a convention would work, what types of amendments it...
April 24th, 2015
The most common fearmongering tactic used by opponents is to claim an Article V convention could become a “runaway convention” and rewrite the Constitution. All one has to do is read and study Article V to understand this is...