"The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments , which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes , as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof , as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; ..."
The Convention of States organization is trying to convince American citizens to petition their State legislatures to submit applications to Congress calling for them to convene a convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution. This is an extremely dangerous idea.
The Constitution was written by men who were intimately familiar with the writings of John Locke and with the English revolution of 1688 and the English Bill of Rights of 1689. They had read and studied Jean-Jacque Rousseau and were fully conversant with the concepts of the social contract and the sovereignty of the People. And they wrote these ideas of personal liberty and justice into the Constitution to guide their progeny for eternity.
We have no men today who are steeped in the philosophy of Locke and Rousseau. We have instead men who worship power and wealth and see public service as an opportunity to seize the wealth and the power of the People.
We have no men today with the humility to bend their knee to God or to bend their will to the will of the People. We have instead men who think it would be a good idea to amend the Constitution to mandate queer marriages or to confiscate the People's only means to resist the seizure of their wealth and power.
It would be suicidal for the American republic to open to such men the repository of the ideals that founded and have sustained this, the greatest nation on earth, for 224 years. We dare not afford such men the opportunity to amend out of existence the ideas that guarantee our individual freedom, our security, and our prosperity.
Read Article V again. It says" The Congress ... shall ...call a Convention. The Congress shall propose [the method of ratification]" And, since it is not specified in Article V, we must assume that the Congress would decide the structure, location, and agenda of such a convention.
And speaking of agendas, it would be easier to take the Convention of States movement seriously if they actually had an agenda. If they would propose concrete amendments to be considered such as repeal of the 16th (income tax) amendment, or if they submitted prospective text for a Congressional term limits amendment, it would be easier for us to believe they know what they're doing.
But as long as they just say, "Hey, let's open the Constitution to a general amendment free-for-all and see what happens," we must conclude either that they are dangerously incompetent or that the movement is actually a covert government conspiracy to destroy the Constitution.