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Article V is the life preserver the Founders have given us. It's time to use it.

Published in Blog on January 31, 2019 by Convention Of States

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The Founders knew this would happen.

They knew the federal government would grow beyond its bounds, and they knew the people and the states would have to step in.

That's why they unanimously adopted the Convention of States option in Article V of the Constitution. 

If they were alive today, and we complained to them about the waste, fraud, and abuse in Washington, D.C., they'd have one simple question: "Why haven't you used Article V?"

That was the message from Arkansas Senator Mark Johnson from the floor of the State Senate, and his eloquence helped pass our resolution 19-13.

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Almost everyone knows that our federal government is on a dangerous course. The unsustainable debt combined with crushing regulations on states and businesses is a recipe for disaster.

What is less known is that the Founders gave state legislatures the power to act as a final check on abuses of power by Washington, DC. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention for proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington, DC.

I support the Convention of States Project; a national effort to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution, restricted to proposing amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.

I want our state to be one of the necessary 34 states to pass a resolution calling for this kind of Article V Convention. You can find a copy of the model resolution and the Article V Pocket Guide (which explains the process and answers many questions) here: https://conventionofstates.com/handbook_pdf

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info@conventionofstates.com or (540) 441-7227.

Thank you so much for your service to the people of our district.

Respectfully, [Your Name]

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