Former Sen. Jim DeMint, Senior Adviser to the Convention of States will be in Kansas participating in multiple events next week, including the “Conservative Speaker Series.” He kicks off his visit on Dec. 7 in Kansas City.
Former Sen. Jim DeMint, Senior Adviser to the Convention of States will be in Kansas participating in multiple events next week, including the “Conservative Speaker Series.” He kicks off his visit on Dec. 7 in Kansas City. In this Q5 Sen. DeMint talks about the Convention of States.
1. Sen. DeMint, when you visit Kansas City on Dec. 7 what are the major topics you will be discussing?
In Kansas, I will be talking about how the people can use Article V of the Constitution to limit Washington’s power, restore the rule of law, enforce the 10th Amendment, and why elections alone cannot fix the problem.
That problem is the structural breakdown of the federal government.
As part of my conversation with the people of Kansas, I am going to encourage them to get involved and share with them how they can be part of the process of saving the nation. The prospect of re-engaging citizens in the civic process of self-governance is exciting.
I hope that anyone reading this who is fed up with Washington shows up this week.
The event will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 7 at the Thompson Barn, 11184 Lackman Road, Lenexa, Kansas. There will be a reception from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.
Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
2. Why did you decide to transition from your years serving as a U.S. Representative and Senator from South Carolina to become president of The Heritage Foundation and why did you decide to become a senior advisor to Citizens for Self-Governance recently? How have your 18 years of political experience working both inside and outside Congress given you the insight to advise people at the grassroots level on the Convention of States Project’s message?
The American people are the most important protection against federal tyranny.
The people are frustrated with Washington’s unwillingness to listen.
The Convention of States Project is training, equipping and educating citizens and state legislators on how to take their power back and limit Washington’s power.
I am looking forward to being in Kansas to have a conversation about how to permanently drain the swamp in Washington.
This is something I know a bit about with my time spent there both on Capitol Hill as a legislator and with Heritage trying to promote conservative legislation to legislators.
What I have come to comprehend is that Washington, D.C. will never fix itself. This is why I’ve joined with the Convention of States Project as a Senior Advisor—the people have the power, and the pathway to restoring self-governance is written in the Constitution.
This is an ideal time to elevate a national discussion on the Constitution and ‘Who Decides.’
3. How do you think the Constitution has been threatened by self-interested politicians and activist court rulings?
Despite historic elections, nothing has changed in Washington. The people are so frustrated that they elected as president a candidate like Donald Trump, who ran on “draining the swamp” and “making America great again.”
Since 2010, we have hundreds of federal legislators who made campaign promises that have not been delivered, such as “the full repeal of Obamacare.” When they had the chance several months ago, they balked. It is a perfect example that when given the chance, Washington will never limit its own power.
The judiciary is also out of control. Court rulings are no longer based on the actual text of the Constitution, but on polling data and popular culture.
We must restore the rule of law and the Constitution to regain the trust of the American people in our judicial process.
4. What is the history of Article V, how does it work, and why is now the time for a limited Article V Convention of States?
Article V was included in the Constitution on Sept. 15, 1787, two days before the Constitutional Convention ended.
We can thank Col. George Mason because he knew there would be a day when the federal government would move beyond its constitutionally enumerated powers.
The Founders knew that the most important safeguard to protect liberty was the American people.
Only the first part of Article V is taught in school. That is the part where Congress has the ability to propose amendments.
The second part of Article V gives the states the ability to call a “convention” to propose amendments. When Congress initiate amendments, it takes two-thirds of each chamber to propose an amendment and three-fourths of the states to ratify.
With a convention of the states, you need two-thirds of the states to call the convention and still three-fourths of the states to ratify any amendment.
That is a very high bar that can only be achieved with an educated and energized public who understands they can help fix the broken federal government.
The Convention of States application has three specific areas calling for fiscal restraint, limiting the size, scope and jurisdiction of the federal government and term limits on federal officials.
These three areas define and limit the type of amendment proposals that can be considered at the convention.
5. How do you think Washington D.C. became broken? Can elections fix the problems?
Right now the federal government is operating outside of its constitutional bounds to such a degree that nothing is getting done.
Congress has neutered itself in order to protect its own power structure.
As a result the swamp is fighting back against the new administration’s desire to actually limit the federal government’s power and put it back in the hands of the people.
America’s Founders never intended for the people’s sovereign power to be concentrated as it is today at the federal level.
America was founded as a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy, in order to elevate the citizen, not a centralized state. They expected the will of the people to matter.
Over the past 100 years, the federal government has grown a massive administrative state, outrageous debt and allowed the molasses-slow creep of big-government in waste, fraud, abuse and corruption at the highest levels.
It is no wonder the American people are frustrated.
This is why the Convention of States Project asks the singular question: Who Decides?
Should we the people have the right to decide the policies that govern us, or do we want an overbearing centralized state to control every aspect of our lives?
Everyone I talk with on a daily basis prefers to decide what is best for them and their family. They want Washington out of their lives, homes and wallets.
Washington will never change, so it’s time the people took their sovereignty seriously.
The success of America depends on us—and Article V is the only tool that will enable Americans to work together to permanently drain the swamp.
The Convention of States Project is the only solution that is bigger than the problem.
— Rimsie McConiga