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With the growth of anything come fears, and the COS Project is no exception. Because of our supporters, many people are learning about the Constitution’s Article V and the chance it gives to states to implement amendments. However, the “runaway convention” objection remains a fear for many, despite the safeguards in place against it.

To help citizens answer these fears, the Goldwater Institute, an Arizona research organization, has put together a list of ten facts illustrating why it is nearly impossible for such a convention to go rogue. The COS Project has already mentioned some of these points, but there are a few new perspectives and new points worth noting in this list.

For example,

Point 2: “When the Founders drafted the U.S. Constitution in 1787, they specifically rejected language for Article V that would have allowed the states to later call for an open convention.”

Point 4: “The limited scope of an amendments convention is underscored by the fact that it specifically says amendments cannot alter the equal number of votes for each state in the U.S. Senate without the consent of the affected state. This establishes that an Article V convention couldn’t simply rewrite the entire Constitution.”

Point 6: “One cannot take the Constitution seriously and contend that Article V was not meant to be used. It is a critical and ‘deal closing’ element of the balance of power created by the Constitution.”

Point 7: “There is zero precedent that any convention of the states has ever “runaway” from its assigned agenda. There have been 12 interstate conventions in the history of our country. All of them stayed within their stated agenda.”

Point 10: “An amendments convention, because it only proposes amendments and does not make law, is not an effective vehicle for staging a government takeover.”

For the remainder of the points, see the full article here.

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Jordan Sillars