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Tom Coburn's New Book Explains How an Article V Convention Can Bypass a Corrupt Congress

Saying that Washington, D.C., is irrevocably broken and is structurally incapable of fixing itself, former Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has long advocated for an Article V Convention of States to propose new amendments to the Constitution. Now, Senator Coburn has written a book about it. In Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop Runaway Government, Coburn explains how an Amendments Convention would bypass a corrupt Congress to return the federal government to the control of We The People as it was intended.

The book will be released on May 30. A video preview can be seen here:

I got an education in Washington. We're not going to solve our problems by relying on the folks in Washington. I spent 16 years there. I can tell you we're not going to fix it based on who we send there. We tried changing it over the past six years, and it hasn't worked.

According to Coburn, there are lots of symptoms, but the disease is a power-hungry, out of control central government that is no longer responsive to the consent of the governed. He said the cure for the disease is right in the Constitution, in Article V. It would take two-thirds of the states (34 states) to pass a resolution through the state legislatures—applying for a Convention of States—to propose a specific amendment. If something emerges from the Convention, it would take 38 states to ratify—just like an amendment proposed by Congress. Coburn explained:

The application is for a specific area. For example, the one being run by Convention of States is a three-pronged application. One is for financial responsibility. Inside that would be a mandate to have a balanced budget amendment. Also you could say that the government has to use the same kind of accounting that everybody else does. America’s government doesn’t do regular accounting. They cheat every year. This would make it so we could trust the federal government.

He gave an example:

Last September, the government said that the federal deficit was $484 billion. The debt went up $1.6 trillion. Explain to me, if our deficit was only $484 billion, how’d the debt increase by four times that amount? My biggest issue is that the real debt grew $6 trillion. We’re now up to $124 trillion in unfunded liabilities, which, over the next 50 years, the major portion of that is going to have to be paid back. Guess who’s going to have to pay that back? Millennials. That’s $30,000 per year, per milliennial.

Note: Coburn expands his appeal to millennials to embrace an Article V Convention in part 2 of our interview.