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Coburn on Stand in the Gap Radio: Convention of States is a "constitutional firewall" against socialism

Published in Blog on April 15, 2019 by Convention Of States

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Socialism is on the rise in the United States. If we allow the federal government to continue along this path, elected and non-elected officials will seize more and more power until they control nearly every aspect of American life.

Fortunately, the Founders predicted this might happen. They knew that one day the federal government could grow too large and too powerful, so they included a process by which the states can amend the Constitution and put the feds back in their place.

If we allow the federal government to continue to grow and run over us, and you allow the Socialists that are coming, you'll lose your rights," Sen. Tom Coburn said in a recent appearance on Stand in the Gap Radio. "The answer our founders gave us was this Article V Convention."

"Remember, the federal government was created by the states. The federal government didn't create the states. We the people are the ones that determine the powers of the federal government."

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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.

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