Convention of States (COS) is a well-organized group that promotes government reform through an Article V convention. 15 states have voted to approve the COS agenda and apply for an A-5 convention. Large scale promotion of their interests has taken place over the last several years. COS is the most well organized group whose stated aim is government reform by use of an A-5 convention.
It’s a sham.
Efforts at government reform are nothing new. Many government reform ideas have started as applications to an A-5 convention. Those that gain traction have found their way into Congress (the other option to an A-5 convention) and some have resulted in amendments to the Constitution.
But that’s not where the COS bandwagon is going.
COS proposals are not made to amend the Constitution or call an A-5 convention. Their intention is to drive the wagon past you every day to see if you want to hop on and go in their direction. The intent is indoctrination. The bandwagon promotes an ideology to those who may not otherwise form their own independent political views.
Logically, one would not be able to amend the Constitution for the benefit of one faction at the expense of another faction. Three-quarters of the states need to ratify the amendment. It’s not likely that one highly partisan faction would ever control that many states. The fact that the COS proposals are non-specific makes it even less likely that 38 state legislatures would agree.
COS’s promotion of the A-5 convention is a sham because a true A-5 convention would open the door to constitutional amendments that would benefit centrist political factions, often in opposition to COS ideology. COS does not want to go in that direction. Falling just short of the required number of states allows them to continue their well-orchestrated promotions year after year. If you just want to go for a ride, hop on the wagon.
The agenda at an A-5 convention has no legal restraints. COS is large and well-funded. So long as COS ideology remains married to one faction, those opposed fear a COS takeover of the convention. That’s the poison pill. The real objective of COS is to poison the prospects of an A-5 convention while using this platform to continuously promote their factional agenda. For those who fund COS, success may be measured by preventing government reform, not by achieving it.
Many hop on the wagon, sample the concept of an A-5 convention, only to find that it’s going nowhere.
That’s not what our Founders intended. Historically, it’s been a very long time since the last constitutional amendment. But for those who fund COS, that lack of action is success.
Those who fund COS also fund Hillsdale College’s Constitution 101 course. Once again this is a bandwagon for those who want to belong and don’t excel in independent thinking. This is all legal but may deceive the general public. COS is not promoting the concept of amending the Constitution and Constitution 101 is not promoting education.
True useful reforms don’t come from a radical factional perspective. Reform happens when thoughtful leaders seek to correct a problem in a way that helps the substantial majority without wrongful harm to the minority.