This from Common Cause:
Just six states. That’s right, just SIX!
That’s the tiny number of states that stand between us and a disastrous Article V Constitutional Convention – an event unprecedented in U.S. history that could mean major constitutional chaos.
Margaret, we have no choice but to immediately step up our grassroots response to defeat this effort. That’s why I’m rushing this alert to you and every member of Common Cause.
Many constitutional experts believe that this is the least known but greatest present threat to our democracy – and it’s being organized right now, behind closed doors and out of the public eye.
Wealthy special interest groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are spending big money to lobby state lawmakers. And unfortunately, they’re inching closer and closer to their goal.
Just last month, South Carolina became the latest state to ratify the convening of an Article V Convention to radically reshape our country. That’s because — if they’re allowed to succeed – unelected, unaccountable delegates will be able to write their far-right-wing agenda directly into our Constitution!
Those who want to move an Article V Convention talk about shredding First Amendment protections… gutting environmental regulations… rolling back civil rights advances… and enshrining far-right economics as permanent fiscal policy – that will gut Medicare, Medicaid, and other safety-net programs.
MOST FRIGHTENING OF ALL: if just six more states sign on, the Kochs, the Mercers, corporate funders, and their extremist allies will reach the two-thirds supermajority required to convene the convention they need to tear apart the U.S. Constitution.
So far, we’ve been able to stop them in a number of key states. BUT… given the political events of the past few years and the frightening rise of the right wing, we must now redouble our efforts.