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Op-Ed: Convention of States needed to restrain government

Published in Blog on January 30, 2019 by Laurie Hackett

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The following was written by District Captain John Dahmen and originally published in The Free-Lance Star.

I watch with curiosity as I see two governments struggle with what the people want versus what the elected officials want.

England struggles with Brexit as elected officials snub their noses at the plurality of voters who want sovereignty from the European Union.

The U.S is in a precariously similar situation as our federal government has surpassed the original intent of our founders.

It has become so polarized that the work “of the people” is no longer their concern.

George Mason, a delegate from Virginia to the U.S. Constitutional Convention in 1787, was wise enough to speculate that there might come a day when those whom we elected might choose to ignore the will of “the people.”

Mason explained that an oppressive Congress would never agree to propose amendments necessary to restrain a rogue, tyrannical legislature.

He introduced a second way to amend the Constitution through a Convention of States; allowing the states to propose amendments that Congress would surely ignore, such as term limits, fiscal restraint and returning the rights of the states back to them.

We now stand at a crossroads where Republicans and Democrats in D.C. refuse to do their jobs. Fortunately, we do have a peaceful solution.

I urge you to sign the petition. Remember, the states created the federal government, not the other way around.

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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 Handbook for Legislators and Citizens (which explains the process and answers many questions) here: https://conventionofstates.com/handbook_pdf

I ask that you support the Convention of States Project and consider becoming a co-sponsor of the resolution. Please respond to my request by informing the national COS team of your position, or sending them any questions you may have:

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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