It is becoming more blatantly obvious that the federal government is totally out of control.
Between unbridled spending, endless regulations, and ever expanding taxes, the federal government has shown that it only cares about its own power.
With the massive power it holds, the abuses are endless and the corruption practically absolute. Sometimes congress tries to get things under control, but always fail.
Our Founders were geniuses when they set up the Constitution. We have amended the Constitution a number of times, the same way, but there is also another way that has not been used yet. Article V of the Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention for the limited purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution.
Article V in its entirety states:
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; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.
This was put in Constitution because the Founders knew there would be a chance that the federal government would become too powerful and unable to control itself. We are well beyond that point and need to act.
Having a Presidential candidate endorse is huge. I hope others will follow suit.
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I’ve never been more excited about our prospects for achieving real governmental reform as I am right now, on the eve of 2016. Every day moves us closer and closer to the historic call for a Convention of States to restrain the federal government. And today moved us one giant step closer.
Today, I was honored to hear that Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed the Convention of States Project as he was campaigning in Iowa.
Welcome, Senator Rubio, and thank you for taking a stand not only for our America, but for THEIR America–our children’s and grand-children’s America–the America that belongs to future generations of a liberty-loving people. Thank you for stepping up to provide leadership on this important national issue.
It is gratifying when a national-level leader like Sen. Marco Rubio acknowledges that it is imperative for the citizens to act to take power away from Washington, D.C. and return it to the people. Sen. Rubio stated that Washington D.C. will not impose limitations on itself, and that the people must do it through a convention. He says we can’t rely on D.C., and he’s right. What a great thing to hear from a Presidential candidate! This is what the people themselves have been saying for a long time, and to have a leading Presidential candidate say it should tell you something. The Convention of States movement has entered the mainstream of the Presidential election.
As a grassroots movement, the Convention of States Project has grown exponentially over the past year—most noticeably in the last quarter of the year. I attribute this growth to a combination of factors. First, of course, is the ever-growing frustration with a federal government operating far beyond its original constitutional powers. Secondly, though, I attribute the growth of this movement to the sheer logic of it: of course we should use the tool the Founders gave us in the Constitution to check the rampant abuses of federal power—that’s why the amendment-proposing convention tool is in the Constitution!
The New Year is almost upon us. With endorsements like we just got from Sen. Marco Rubio, it just might be the year ‘We the People’ call a Convention of States and get to work restraining the federal government. Here’s to a great year in 2016!
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The COS has a strategy to call a convention for a particular subject rather than a particular amendment. Instead of calling a convention for a balanced budget amendment (though they are entirely supportive of such an amendment), they want to call a convention for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. Some critics have said that a convention would totally rewrite the constitution or could become a runaway convention with tons of amendments. This is an unfounded concern. This is prevented with the specific wording of limiting the federal government’s power. Not to mention, three quarters of the state still have to ratify any passed amendments. I for one am having a hard time of thinking of an amendment that limits the federal government’s power which would not be a good one. All these amendments would do would return power to the states and to the people.
This would be the first step on a long road to regain control of our government. But it is something we must do. This is not a partisan issue. The federal government will never give up power. Once we limit their power on the federal level, each state will have more power to decide how they wish to run their governments as they see fit. I hope you will consider helping and be sure to only vote for candidates who are willing to rein in the federal government. It is wonderful to know that we the people still have power to affect change on something as massive as the juggernaut of the federal government.
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