At the moment, there are two approaches to using Article V. The one advocated by our “competitors”, the Convention of States (CoS) people (Mark Meckler and Mike Farris) is the shotgun approach. It calls for a wide open convention, which could properly propose any amendment which reduced the power and scope of the federal government. This includes all but one of the “Liberty Amendments”.
One of the rationales of the shotgun approach is the theory that constitutional reformers will get only one shot at it. The forces of the left and the status quo are so powerful that, once awakened, they will prevent a second Convention of States from ever taking place.
We think this is totally wrongheaded, and betrays a paranoid attitude toward politics. We believe the states, and the people, will get so jacked up once they use Article V that they’ll use it again, and again. We’ll pass most of the Liberty Amendments, just one at a time.
As a result of their paranoia, the CoS people’s shotgun approach will breed counter paranoia. The biggest obstacle to using Article V has always been right wing paranoia. The shotgun approach feeds it, and, we believe, will doom the CoS approach..
Paradoxically, the CoS people think that there is so much enthusiasm for reform that all opposition can be overcome. Time will tell. As I’ve mentioned before, the CoS folks bring serious assets to the fight, and will eventually be strong allies.
A byproduct of our tightly focused effort is our interest in expanding the playing field in the 2014 state legislative elections, starting in Oregon.
I got a return email from the Chairman of the U of O YR’s, Caleb J. N. Huegel. In my humble opinion, all I will need with these college kids is a chance to make the pitch. I can speak their language, having been one of them 50 years ago. Here’s betting that I’ll be able to close the deal with young Mr. Huegel and his whole damn club. I don’t know the extent to which they’ll follow through, in terms of actually pitching in to help these legislative candidates. But I’ll sell them on the idea, anyway.
The upshot is that I may well fly to Portland to appear on the Larson radio show, then drive to Salem to meet people in the legislature, then to Eugene to meet these college kids. I’m excited about it because the whole effort in Oregon could be duplicated in Washington, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Maine.
Come 2015, these states could mean the difference between success, and failure.