When the Republic is failing—Time to trigger the last resort

By Logan McFadden and Debra Tash

Republics are fragile constructs, easily overwhelmed by the tendency to centralize power.  Our founders understood this and because of it gave us two methods to amend the Constitution that binds these “several states” together.  One is left to Congress.  But what do you do when Congress becomes corrupt?  Can citizens rely on what in truth has become a self-serving body with a vast and unwielding administrative state (the so called fifth branch) to do the bidding of our Federal overlords?

The second way to amend to the Constitution is an Article V Convention of the States.  It is the State legislatures, from which the Federal government originally received its once limited powers, that call for this convention.  George Mason, one of the lesser known yet truly instrumental founders, insisted that the States be given a way to wrest back control if the central government became too powerful.  He, like many of the others who crafted our Constitution, understood through history that all republics will, in time, topple.  Yet, republics ensure the best way to protect individual liberty.

Article V, U.S. Constitution:

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.”

Congress will not rein in the executive branch, nor will the judiciary do it.  They are not upholding the laws they wrote and swore to uphold.  The Constitution is all but dead if this continues and with it our individual rights if the States don’t call for this Convention.

So many, on both sides of the political spectrum, are afraid of this. First, because there is concern over a runaway convention, the wiping out of our entire Constitution and putting in its place something wholly different.   Yet look at the primary safeguard–what it takes to get any proposed amendment ratified, over three fourths of the several states.  Understand?  Three fourths of the states would have to AGREE to trash the Constitution all together.  The other argument that frequently comes forward is that the Federal government i.e. the executive branch and its lapdog Congress won’t adhere to the amendments anyway, so why do anything?  Please!  Consider the facts—if three fourths of the states ratify the new amendments, they will have reclaimed their own power. If they agree on how they are taking it back, the Feds no longer have that administrative club to beat them into dust.

Many citizens believe that they individually can make a difference. When a viable solution is presented, it is not seen to be “worth my time” which is another way of saying it doesn’t matter that I volunteer.  Not true.  We can do it.  The framers left us a way.

Watch the video below, created by the Convention of States team in Alabama, for an excellent overview of the Article V process.


Towards that end, Citizens for Self-Governance has launched the Convention of States Project. They have formed state leadership teams to energize citizens at the state level, and the great state of California has a leadership team in place to spearhead this movement. To get involved visit the website, HERE and Facebook page, Facebook.com/conventionofstates. You can also contact California’s COS state leadership at [email protected].

Twenty four states have voted to go forward so far.

We believe this is the only way to preserve liberty for future generations. Please join us. Let’s give this country back to the people.


Logan McFadden is a Citizensjournal.us city reporter and a recently retired banker, residing in Camarillo. He volunteers for the Heritage Action Sentinel team and serves as the AMAC Delegate to the 26th Congressional District and a Convention of States District Captain.

Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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