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Bad optics reveal root of larger problem in D.C.

Published in Blog on July 17, 2017 by Convention Of States Project

It’s tough to imagine better proof that the federal government is out of touch with the American people than President Obama’s decision to attend a baseball game and dance the tango in Argentina the day after a terror attack in Brussels killed 30 people.

Europe is at war. ISIS has trained 400 insurgents and released them into Europe to carry out more coordinated attacks like those in Paris and Belgium. The American people are afraid, and they’re looking for a leader to address their fears and propose a plan of action.

The President seems totally oblivious to the cares and concerns of his constituents. The average American can’t jet to Argentina and enjoy a game and a dance. During times of crisis the President’s place is with the people he’s supposed to serve. And the President isn’t the only one who’s out of touch: Congress and the Supreme Court seem equally unconscious to the will of the American people.

A Convention of States can change all this. By proposing constitutional amendments that make the federal government more accountable to the states and the people, a Convention of States can remind the feds that their job is to serve--not pursue their political agenda.

No constitutional amendment can force the President to be perfect. But the right constitutional amendments can change the atmosphere in Washington from one of arrogant aloofness to one of legitimate concern for what the average American is thinking and feeling.


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