A few days after Hillary Clinton criticized the project, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro endorsed the Convention of States Project (COSP), calling for amending the Constitution via convention of states as per Article V of the Constitution:
I absolutely support the Convention of States Project, designed for fulfilling the Constitutional methodologies for protecting our rights. Article V exists so that the people have the final say, not the federal government. Yes, it can happen — and yes, it should happen. We should begin by completely restructuring the unconstitutional federal executive bureaucracy; only Congress has constitutional legislative authority. Administrative agencies should not be making law. If you believe the people should decide instead of Washington, D.C., then you should support the Convention of States Project.
Conservative figures supporting the COSP include former Sens. Jim Demint (R-SC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), Mark Levin, and Sean Hannity.
Watch a video via the COSP below, explaining the process by which the Constitution can be amended via a convention of states.
COSP describes a convention of states as the best option to roll back growing centralization of political power within the federal government:
This is not a partisan issue. Washington, D.C., will never voluntarily relinquish meaningful power — no matter who is elected. The only rational conclusion is this: unless some political force outside of Washington, D.C., intervenes, the federal government will continue to bankrupt this nation, embezzle the legitimate authority of the states, and destroy the liberty of the people. Rather than securing the blessings of liberty for future generations, Washington, D.C., is on a path that will enslave our children and grandchildren to the debts of the past.
The problem is big, but we have a solution. Article V gives us a tool to fix the mess in D.C.
Two avenues exist for amending the Constitution:
1. Congress can propose amendments to the Constitution at any time if 2/3 of both houses of Congress agree.
2. A Convention of States can propose amendments if 2/3 of states submit applications for such a convention. These applications must all deal with the same issue (i.e., limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government).
H/T Cortney O’Brien at Townhall.
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