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Who Put the Constitution Back into Article V? Compact for America Did.

Did you know Stephen Moore, Lawrence Reed, Grover Norquist, Judge Napolitano, Allen West and George Will are confident about the policy merits and constitutionality of the Compact for America approach to amending the Constitution?

Here's what they have said:

  • Stephen Moore: "Congress WON'T act without leadership from the states. We need a new fiscal constitution to force action. The Balanced Budget Compact is one of the most realistic ways of achieving this goal. It follows the Constitution by advancing an Amendment generated by the states that will require balanced budgets with strong tax restraints."

  • Lawrence Reed: "Support the Compact for America’s balanced budget amendment - easily the single best vehicle to stop the sin of spending recklessly today and burdening our children and grandchildren with the tab. Your conscience demands it!”

  • Grover Norquist: “The Compact for a Balanced Budget is the best vehicle for the most powerful, yet politically plausible federal Balanced Budget Amendment I have seen. I endorse it without hesitation.”

  • Judge Andrew Napolitano: “To stop the insanity of an out-of-control federal government fueled by limitless debt spending, States must unite behind the Compact for a Balanced Budget.”

  • Allen West: "I join in supporting and endorsing the Compact for a Balanced Budget as a viable approach to rein in excessive and unprioritized federal government spending that threatens the legacy of liberty we pass on to subsequent generations of Americans.”

  • George Will: “State legislatures can form a compact — a cooperative agreement — to call a convention for the codified, one-item agenda of ratifying the balanced-budget amendment precisely stipulated in advance . . . . States would be the prime movers of, and would be substantially empowered by, the institute’s amendment-by-compact plan.”

Every one of these thought leaders has good reason to be confident about the policy merits and constitutionality of the Compact for America approach.

The Compact for America approach has been vetted by nearly two dozen leading public policy organizations.

Here's just a sample of the proof:

  • Heartland Institute here, here, and here!

  • Cato Institute here, here, here and here!

  • Federalist Society here and here!

  • American Legislative Exchange Council here and here!

  • Foundation for Economic Education here!

  • Texas Public Policy Foundation here!

  • Goldwater Institute here!

  • Mackinac Center for Public Policy here!

  • Mississippi Center for Public Policy here and here!

  • Wyoming Liberty Group here!

  • Alaska Policy Forum here!

  • Georgia Public Policy Foundation here!

  • John Locke Foundation here!

Not only that; numerous experts in constitutional law and history have also analyzed and published on the constitutionality of the Compact for America approach; including, but not limited to:

  • Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr. - a recently retired senior federal appellate judge from the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Dr. Kevin R. C. Gutzman - the New York Times best-selling author of four books on American history and the Constitution. Professor and Chairman of the Department of History at Western Connecticut State University, Gutzman holds a bachelor’s degree, a master of public affairs degree, and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as an MA and a PhD in American history from the University of Virginia.

  • Dr. John C. Eastman - the Henry Salvatori Professor of Law & Community Service at Chapman University Fowler School of Law, and also served as the School’s Dean from June 2007 to January 2010, when he stepped down to pursue a bid for California Attorney General. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, a public interest law firm affiliated with the Claremont Institute.

  • Ilya Shapiro - senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. Before joining Cato, he was a special assistant/adviser to the Multi-National Force in Iraq on rule-of-law issues and practiced at Patton Boggs and Cleary Gottlieb. Shapiro is the co-author of Religious Liberties for Corporations? Hobby Lobby, the Affordable Care Act, and the Constitution (2014). He has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Weekly Standard, New York Times Online, and National Review Online.

To see why so many people and organizations agree that the Compact for America approach to Article V is good public policy and fully constitutional, you can read the findings and conclusions of Judge DeMoss, Dr. Gutzman, Dr. Eastman, Ilya, and yours truly, in the following cutting-edge policy briefs:

And if you want still more scholarly reading material, there's no shortage here and

The bottom line is that Compact for America has put the Constitution back into the process of amending the Constitution more so than any other Article V movement.

Please consider lending your support to the Compact for America initiative in any way that you can.

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