Government Politics

States in Convention – Serious and Orderly – No ‘Runaway’

States in Convention 6.2 – Through short vignettes, the video above shows states meeting in serious, orderly deliberation — no “runaway”!

This is just one of many state gatherings in US history. Not one ever “ran away”. One such good-faith gathering in 1861 nearly averted the Civil War.

Sadly, the paralyzing fear of a ‘runaway’ has been blocking Americans’ use of the Constitution’s own Article V Clause 2, which grants our state legislatures the power to amend our Constitution without the permission or approval of Congress, the Supreme Court, or the President.

The Framers, especially James Madison and George Mason, intended Article V to be used in case our federal government itself ever “ran away” with its powers. For example, does $34 Trillion in operating-budget debt qualify as “runaway” borrowing?

Put “Convention of States” in your favorite search engine to read more about the pros and cons of state conventions to solve problems *without* federal intervention or control. And check out the book Liberty Amendments by Mark Levin for a full discussion of Article V.

For more examples of state conventions, see also the book Conventions That Made America: A Brief History Of Consensus Building by Mike Kapic.

By David Leeper

David Leeper is a retired engineer living in Scottsdale, AZ, with his (first) wife of 51 years. For 14 years he was a volunteer science teacher at and is now a volunteer reader for the visually impaired on a National Public Radio affiliate.

In David's fun-filled 40-year career, he held positions from lab technician to technical vice president at AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, Motorola, and Intel. He holds 16 US patents in telecom technology and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

During his career, David wrote mainly for technical journals, including Scientific American. Since 2011, he has written over 1000 political commentaries, mostly for the former Western Free Press and now for his personal site

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