May 2, 2016
The Missouri House of Representatives passed HCR 57 last week, bringing Missouri one step closer to joining other states in using her Article V power. You, the state legislatures, are the ones empowered to stop the over-reaching federal government, through a state-led convention for proposing amendments. Only through formal amendments can the states put effective checks on judicial activism, reject the damage that has been done to the Constitution through creative "interpretations" of some of its provisions, and impose meaningful fiscal restraints on Washington.
One of the biggest lessons I learned during my time in the United States Senate was that our federal government is like a runaway freight train. It will continue to overstep its constitutional boundaries and usurp more and more of states' rights and individual liberties until someone or something stops it.
I know that there are those who would discourage you from using your constitutional power to restore our nation. They want you, instead, to be afraid. Afraid of having a meeting with the other states to work out solutions to our national crisis. Afraid of the Constitution. Afraid of a process that was unanimously supported by our founding fathers at the Philadelphia Convention, because they knew that the states would one day need to use it to restore the balance of power among the national government, the states, and the people.
I am attaching a document that responds to the misguided claims made by those who want you to be afraid. It’s called “Can we Trust the Constitution? Answering the ‘Runaway Convention’ Myth,” by constitutional attorney and scholar, Michael Farris.
As an American, I ask you, please let courage and knowledge—not fear—be your guide. Please pass HCR 57 off the senate floor, and soon. Please take a stand, on behalf of all Americans, for the future of our country by supporting the Convention of States resolution, HCR 57.
Sen Tom Coburn (Retired)