Virginia pushes for a con-con

By John T. Hill

Last week, HJ 9, an application for a convention of states, made it out of the House of Delegates Committee on Rules with a bipartisan 9-6 vote (1 Democrat vote makes it bipartisan, right?). Two-thirds of the states need to submit a similar application for the convention to actually happen via Article V of the United States Constitution., a project of Citizens for Self-Governance, has been playing a leading role in organizing a national convention of states through Article V. The COS Project is calling for a convention with the specific purpose to reduce the federal government’s power.

While they aren’t calling for definitive amendments right now, one example they recommend is a balanced budget amendment. The COS website says:

“By calling a convention of the states, we can stop the federal spending and debt spree, the power grabs of the federal courts, and other misuses of federal power. The current situation is precisely what the Founders feared, and they gave us a solution we have a duty to use.”

If a convention were to actually happen, one would expect consideration and special attention to Mark Levin’s ideas suggested in his recent book, “The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic”. Levin, a nationally syndicated talk show host, was the one who originally got the ball rolling for this whole idea to amend the Constitution.

The resolution is expected to be heard by the VA House of Delegates this week. Now is the time to tell your representative what you think.

For more information about the Convention of States project, click here.

John T. Hill is the host of Take it to the Hill, a political talk show on WGMU. He writes regularly at, which is his personal blog. Find John on Twitter: @JTHmishmash.

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