The following is an excerpt from an article written by Mark LaFlamme of the Lewistown-Ashburn Sun Journal.
LEWISTON — Michael Farris doesn't mince words on the matter: The United States is on the road to tyranny and there are few options left to rein it in.
The federal government is out of control, Farris said, spending with abandon, regulating us into oblivion and generally trampling the U.S. Constitution by knowingly misinterpreting the document as it was laid out by the Founding Fathers.
"They don't ignore the Constitution," said Farris, head of the Convention of States Project. "They abuse the Constitution with these false interpretations from the Supreme Court."
Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and chancellor of Patrick Henry College, has plenty to say about the consequences of runaway government — and plenty of people were willing to listen.
At the Franco Center on Wednesday night, more than five dozen people braved rain and slushy sidewalks to listen to what Farris had to say.
What he had to tell them was essentially a horror story.
"There's not a nickel in the Social Security trust fund," Farris said. "There's a stack of IOUs."
The national debt?
Due to the unrestrained taxing and spending of congress, Farris said, the debt might be $100 trillion. It might be double that, too, because the government doesn't do math in ways that are easy to understand.
"Nobody really knows, but it is a big, big number that's going to crush our children and our grandchildren," Farris said. "It's not a matter of if — it's a matter of when."
The audience, an almost even split of men and women, middle-aged or older, hung on his every word, often breaking into applause as he described the way unconstitutional laws are passed and how bureaucracies regulate areas of our lives they are not lawfully entitled to.
"We are headed for a fiscal cliff," Farris warned. "All federal spending is based on one premise: How many votes can I buy?"
He blames Democrats and Republicans alike. He blames the U.S. Supreme Court and he blames the population for allowing these abuses to the Constitution.
So, what is to be done?
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A Convention of States is the answer to the question above. A Convention gives us the power to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and force our elected leaders to be fiscally responsible. Washington, D.C., will never change itself. It's up to us, and the Founders gave us the tool to do it.
If you'd like to help make a Convention of States a reality, you have three opportunities:
1. Sign the Convention of States petition.
2. Join your state team as a volunteer.
3. Apply for a leadership position on your state team.
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