fbpx

Stopping a Dangerous Article V Convention

The only way to defend our values against this threat is if ordinary people like us step up to make a difference. Join the fight today.

Convention of States “Reopen America” Ploy

“I don’t think it’s helpful to encourage demonstrations and encourage people to go against the president’s own policy,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, said. “It just doesn’t make any sense.”  

And yet, that is what is happening around the country as Facebook groups and special interest lobbying organizations are engineering protests at capitols around the nation for states continuing stay-at-home orders as the coronavirus starts to creep deeper into the public 

Groups created by the Dorr brothers, Ben, Aaron, and Christopher, known for their far-right, pro-gun activism, have called upon people to organize in groups on Facebook called “[State] Against Excessive Quarantine.”  

Ohio Gun Owners, of whom Chris Dorr is the director and lone employee, made news earlier this month when he posted a video on Facebook threatening “political bodies lying all over the ground” — as in at a future election — if politicians pass any form of gun control. Within days, Dorr was fundraising off the story.  

This movement also has ties to the Convention of States, the same group that has lobbied for an Article V constitutional convention, a move that would have the potential to reconstruct the Constitution.  

With their new Open the States campaign, founder Mark Meckler (who also co-founded the Tea Party Patriots group) and his network are asking that people write to President Trump, VP Pence, and their respective governors because “America was built upon the understanding that our right to support our families through work, to engage in trade and reap the rewards of our labors is a fundamental, God-given right.”  

Meckler has said these demonstrations represent an “organic developing among the people” frustrated with lockdowns, rather than an effort orchestrated by his organization or any conservative donors. However, the Convention of States Action website links to several of the Facebook groups created by Chris Dorr and his brothers.  

“We’re not vetting them or judging them,” said Meckler when asked about the Facebook pages. 

Also, on the Steve Deace Show, a conservative radio program, Meckler says that it is an organic movement, but with the new Open the States campaign he is providing a map of the news happening in each state, what protests are taking place, and providing a forum – all under the guise of saying it is simply a place online to “reside online safely, away from the censorship of Facebook.”  

However, recent reports from The Washington PostThe New York Times, and TIME reveal that big political donors, such as the Mercers, Kochs, and Texas oil magnate Tim Dunn are really behind the groups promoting these dangerous protests, including the Convention of States.  

The same special interest backed organizations that wants to put our civil rights at risk by rewriting our Constitution in an Article V convention now wants to put our health and safety at risk. 

Perhaps the most prominent protest to happen recently was the one that occurred in Michigan. To help boost the attendance of the protestother foundersincluding a Republican state lawmaker from Michigan and his wife, Meshawn Maddock, who sits on the Trump campaign’s advisory board and is a prominent figure in the “Women for Trump” coalition, also promoted it. The Michigan Freedom Fund, which is headed by Greg McNeily, a longtime adviser to the DeVos family, has also paid for promotion of these events on Facebook.  

But governors from both sides of the aisle have disputed the president’s claims about coronavirus testing, which escalates the key challenge in reopening the nation 

With the backing of organized politicianslobbying groups, and the money to promote such events, the Convention of States and its allies are putting the lives of Americans at risk. 

Related News

Inside Mike Johnson’s Ties to a Far-Right Movement to Gut the Constitution

The new House speaker has longstanding ties to the evangelical inspired Convention of States cause. As the interregnum without a speaker of the House came to an end last month, people from across the political spectrum came together, in a rare show of unity, to ask a single question: Who in the world is Mike […]

Read More >

Republican & Democratic Legislators Agree: An Article V Convention Is A Bad Idea

In their own words, Republican and Democratic state legislators from across the country have warned about the dangers of calling an Article V constitutional convention: “It’s like playing Russian roulette. We kind of think it would work out well. You put a bullet in one chamber, the odds of it working are pretty good. But […]

Read More >

Turning to a Convention of States in Times of National Crisis is Not the Answer

Turning to a Convention of States in Times of National Crisis is Not the Answer By Dorothy Moon, IDGOP Chairwoman January 4, 2023 Our country is in a rough place right now, perhaps the worst since the Civil War. Spending is out of control, our southern border is wide open, and Congress seems to be […]

Read More >

KC Becker: Constitutional convention could spell chaos for democracy

KC Becker, who lives in Boulder and represents District 13, is the now the Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives. She penned this op-ed on September 25, 2018, while majority leader. We deserve a democracy that puts hardworking Coloradans ahead of wealthy special interests and the well-connected. No one can deny the powerful influence […]

Read More >

The Legislature’s con-con con job | Editorial

The Legislature’s con-con con job | Editorial By SUN SENTINEL EDITORIAL BOARD | Sun Sentinel PUBLISHED: January 4, 2024 at 11:59 a.m. | UPDATED: January 4, 2024 at 12:05 p.m. The 2024 Florida legislative session kicks into gear Tuesday, and the opening day’s agenda tells you all you need to know about what deserves immediate […]

Read More >

Former Governors Mike Huckabee and Scott Walker Descend on SC State House and Create Confusion

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently visited the South Carolina State House to gather support for their “balanced budget amendment.”   What they did not discuss, however, was the damage a convention could do to the United States and the Constitution if this were to be called.   This pro-convention campaign is the one that has progressed the […]

Read More >

Scholars Invite Mark Meckler to Debate a Constitutional Convention

A public debate is slated for Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 5 pm MST in the Lincoln Room of the Idaho Legislature. This forum will offer both sides the opportunity to discuss the merits of the proposed Article V Constitutional Convention, or Convention of States, now being pushed through legislatures across the country.   A constitutional convention could put all our rights […]

Read More >

New Polling Shows Americans Oppose Changing Constitution Through Convention

Americans across the political spectrum believe our constitutional rights must be protected and oppose calling a new constitutional convention to change the Constitution, according to new polling conducted last month. Research by J. Wallin Opinion Research concludes that after the tumultuous year marked by a national election, civil rights demonstrations, and a historic health pandemic, […]

Read More >

Stay Connected

We need your help before it's too late. Join our mailing list to receive important updates and help us mobilize.