Our country is in dire straits. Action is needed now, and the states can use the power reserved to them by Article V of the Constitution to rein in federal government overreach.

Marylanders support the Convention of States resolution calling for an Article V Convention of States — the process the founders created to ensure that the states could maintain the intended balance of power between the states and the federal government.

The resolution proposes amendments to (1) limit the nation’s out-of-control spending and debt, (2) the persistent federal overreach that interferes with our lives, our businesses, and our families, and (3) the entrenched elitists who no longer represent us, but rule over us.

It’s past time for both houses of the state legislature to vote on the Convention of States resolution. This is not a blue thing or red thing. It is an American thing. Once both houses approve, Maryland will stand with other states in solidarity to hold the federal government accountable. When two-thirds of the American states approve the resolution (34), a convention of states limited to the three specific items outlined in the resolution can occur. Constitutional amendments will have to be approved by 75 percent of the states. Once this is done, it is law.

There is a lot of misinformation about COS. It is not a “constitutional convention” or a “con-con.” Article V protects against any so-called “runaway” convention. Strong checks are in place in the Constitution as 34 states are required to call a convention, 38 states are required to ratify any proposed amendment, and only 13 states can defeat an amendment.

Learn more about the Article V Convention of States and sign the petition at conventionofstates.com.

(12) comments

anInterestedPerson

A convention could even get rid of the Second Amendment. That would be interesting.

threecents

Revision of gun rights, corporation vs individual rights, voting rights, and DC statehood would be good convention topics.

Hayduke2

Sorry to disagree but it absolutely a Blue or Red thing.

sevenstones1000

Only if we can have Madison and Hamilton present for common sense.

shiftless88

Funny how these "non-partisan" types come out of the woodwork only when a Democratic president is in the white house

olefool

The country's just fine Robert, it's just your warped sense of reality that skewed. It's sad, but other's who comment here refuse to accept reality too.

MD1756

Would you then say there is a problem with diversity. We have it and you apparently don't like it. By just dismissing someone who is complaining about increased government spending among other things and failing to acknowledge that those opposed to your view may have valid points are you not also guilty of a "warped sense of reality?" For example, the democratic party is pushing policies that promote population growth and yet it is precisely population growth that is one of the main factors of human induced climate change and other significant environmental problems (including humans causing the extinction of many other species). To me that is a warped sense of reality. To think that people should all agree that the governments should spend more money and anyone else who disagrees could be a "warped sense of reality." Making people with no children pay more in income taxes simply because those who have children want others to pay more for their children is inequitable treatment and that viewpoint could be construes as a "warped sense of reality." Instead of saying someone has a warped sense of reality why not simply disagree with them. Someone like me thinks the democratic party (while generally better than the republican party) has not done enough to protect human health and the environment from the pollution we humans discharge. How ever, I think the democratic party is going too far in paying people for children and pushing child care expenses to be paid by the general population and not the parents. Let the people pay for their own choices, and that is not to say the government should not have a safety net to protect children from conditions beyond their parents' control, but the government should not be stepping in to take over child care and feeding of the children without requiring more from the parents as I believe human population growth is a serious problem and believe it is immoral to tax me to support population growth. Now, you can call that warped or you can simply disagree. If you call it warped, I'd like you to explain how promoting governmental policies that support population growth is logical when population growth is causing such harm?

gabrielshorn2013

Spot on MD1756 👍👍👍. Tax deductions for parents was just political pandering. After all, there are more taxpayers with kids, and who is going to turn down "free money".

shiftless88

One thing that Dems recognize is that when you try to punish the parents for "their choices" it is generally the children that suffer. What is better is to have birth control free and easily obtainable along with accurate and early reproductive education.

MD1756

While I agree you don't want to punish the children, there are actions that can be taken. There are ways to prevent repeatedly irresponsible parents from having more children (start off with having them sign a contract that while on public assistance they cannot have anymore children and if they do, there will be penalties). Additionally, I don't understand why there are so many "single parent" households that don't have the other parent contributing money to raise the children they chose to create. If subsidies are given for having children I would not give cash but give food and maybe set up an account for post high school education that is available only to the child and only if the child goes for post high school education (college, trade school, etc.). In my working class neighborhood I see too many children out playing with their expensive toys (i.e., battery operated small ride on vehicles for children, hover boards, cell pones and tablets, etc.). Those people clearly do not need their income tax deductions they get for their children.

fjulia

Just another way for conservatives to order the majority to be controlled by the minority. There is no out of control Federal Government.

BigAl

Perhaps the convention could turn back the clock to 1950

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