Former Sen. Jim DeMint, who was ousted as president of the Heritage Foundation last month, joined Tuesday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” for his first public interview since the conservative organization asked him to resign.
DeMint, who served as a U.S. senator from South Carolina from 2005 to 2013, has been keeping busy since losing his job at the Heritage Foundation.
He has a new conservative mission involving Article V of the Constitution, which would theoretically allow a convention of states that would propose amendments to the Constitution in order to curb the power of the federal government.
This movement to invoke Article V calls for amendments to the Constitution that would curtail the federal government’s jurisdiction, curb federal spending, and impose term limits on various federal offices. Two-thirds of the states would need to call for a convention to propose amendments, which would then need to be ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures. Article V has never before been used as an option.
DeMint noted that the fight for a convention of states doesn’t mean rewriting the Constitution, just proposing amendments.
“This is nothing about a free-for-all where we rewrite the Constitution,” DeMint said. “Article V is clear that states can propose amendments, and we want to propose particular amendments that will help force the federal government to not only balance its budgets but limit taxes but also limit what [the federal government] can do.”