DALLAS – A growing movement that calls for a change to the
federal government’s powers has been gaining momentum in Texas.
“We have grown by 500 percent since June of 2015,” one of the leaders of
the Texas branch of Convention of
States organization, Tamara Colbert, told the Southeast Texas Record.
Colbert said that in Article V of the Constitution there were two ways to
purpose amendments. The first way can only be done by Congress, but a second
way would be to call a Convention of the States.
"What Article V gives the states is the authority to convene,” she
explained. "So the states put together that call, which is in the form of
She said there were eight states that have passed the resolution: Alaska,
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
The plan, Colbert said, was that the states would get together and talk
about suggestions, solutions and amendments that would fix the "structural
issues at the federal level."
In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office has shown great support for a
Convention of States. In his The
Texas Plan document, Abbott wrote, “…the Constitution itself is not broken.
What is broken is our nation’s willingness to obey the Constitution and to hold
our leaders accountable to it.”
Gov. Abbott also wrote, “All three
branches of the federal government have wandered far from the roles that the Constitution
sets out for them.
“The Texas Plan is not so much a vision to alter the
Constitution as it is a call to restore the rule of our current one. The
problem is that we have forgotten what our Constitution means, and with that
amnesia, we also have forgotten what it means to be governed by laws instead of
The document also lists nine proposed amendments.
Colbert explained the growth of her organization was due
to the fact so many citizens were growing tired with the overreach of the
"In America right now the federal government is
using American tax dollars for whatever it wants, thinking there is an endless
supply of money from the taxpayers,” she said.
"They are bankrupting my children. So they are
operating out of their bounds."
She also said it came down to the federal government intervening
in the private lives of citizens.
"In America, the federal government decided that
the Thomas Edison light bulb was no longer good enough for us to use. So we are
no longer allowed to use the Thomas Edison light bulb. The federal government
has decided that we can only have a certain kind of toilet in our home. That is
Colbert said she believed that if Texas passed the
resolution and called for a Convention of States, many other states would
“Once Texas passes our resolution we believe it is going to open the flood
gates for other states to pass the resolution,” she said.
The organization will be putting on a simulation on
Sept. 21-23 in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. It also will be streaming it online.