Next Thursday, August 28th, I will debate Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) about the merits of COS’s effort to rein in Washington, D.C., using the plan that the Founding Fathers gave us: Article V’s Convention of States. This free, public event will be held in Manassas, Virginia, from 7-9 p.m. at Northern Virginia Community College’s Colgan Theater. The NOVA campus is located at 6901 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109. Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will serve as moderator.

If you live in the northern Virginia area, you don’t want to miss this debate. It will offer a rare opportunity for citizens to examine both sides of this pressing issue and to see each side respond to the other’s arguments.

Delegate Marshall is a true conservative and a personal friend of mine. But his reasons for opposing our effort to invoke Article V are based on an incorrect understanding of constitutional history and unfounded fears about a hypothetical runaway convention that never has and never will happen.

On the other hand, my reasons for leading the charge for COS are based on facts that are undeniable, compelling, and inescapable. To name just a few, they include Obamacare, a crushing national debt, unfunded state mandates, unlimited taxation, and burdensome federal regulations governing everything from light bulbs to local farming practices.

By the end of the debate, I hope that every member of the audience has a very clear understanding of the two alternatives we face:

  1. Fear the Constitution’s processes. Fear the American people who are entrusted with the power to reclaim their government. Hope that somehow elections will suddenly begin to resolve our current crisis. Do nothing other than voting on Election Day.


  1. Trust and use the Constitution’s processes. Join with us to invoke Article V so that the people—through their state leaders—can reassert their rightful authority, effectively “check” Washington, D.C., and restore constitutional governance to our great nation.

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About The Author

Michael Farris

Michael Farris is the Chancellor of Patrick Henry College and Chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. He was the founding president of each organization. During his career as a constitutional appellate litigator, he has served as lead counsel in the United States Supreme Court, eight federal circuit courts, and the appellate courts of thirteen states. Farris has been a leader on Capitol Hill for over thirty years and is widely respected for his leadership in the defense of homeschooling, religious freedom, and the preservation of American sovereignty. A prolific author, Farris has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship by the Heritage Foundation and as one of the “Top 100 Faces in Education for the 20th Century” by Education Week magazine. Farris received his B.A. in Political Science from Western Washington University. He later went on to earn his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law, and his LL.M. in Public International Law, from the University of London. Mike, and his wife Vickie, have ten children and 14 grandchildren.