Allman Analysis: Could Convention Of States Help "Drain The Swamp"?
ST. LOUIS —
President Trump was elected in November mostly because of his pledge to "drain the swamp". As we've seen in the past six months or so since he was sworn into office, the swamp creatures are doing everything they can to protect that swamp, so President Trump will need help.
So what could be the thing that could help take down the swamp? How about a good old convention?
It's never happened before in United States history, but the Founding Fathers anticipated the day could one day come for what they wrote in Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution, something called a "Convention of States".
Article 5 says that 2/3 of the country's state legislatures can convene a convention to suggest Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, after that 3/4 of the state legislatures would have to vote to approve ratification to make any amendment official.
The current effort to call a convention of states is less than halfway to 2/3, with Missouri being one of 12 state legislatures to have approved a convention. It will take 32 states to convene the Convention of States.
Keith Carmichael, the Missouri Director of the Convention of States, talked to The Allman Report about why the effort is happening now. He says this may be the fix needed to keep the growing federal government in check, and bring the power back to the people.
Carmichael says the convention in which they are working to convene is focused on restraining two things: government spending and the power of the federal government.
Critics from the left and many Republicans as well are fighting back, using scare tactics like saying this convention will pass amendments that will destroy our way of life in the U.S., but Carmichael says this convention is for suggestions.