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Forget the alligators; drain the swamp!

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

With so many ill-advised federal initiatives out there, it can be hard to know where to start. Do you speak out against the Affordable Care Act or attend a rally to stop oppressive government regulation? Do you write your Congressman about illegal immigration or about the exploding national debt? It can be overwhelming (not to mention impossible) to fight each of these “alligators” one at a time.

Fortunately, as David Leeper explains in his recent article on, a Convention of States allows the people to change the rules or, as Leeper puts it, drain the swamp.

Leeper explains,

“As the old saying goes, when you’re up to your [elbows] in alligators, it’s easy to forget that the initial objective was to drain the swamp.”

“Should we continue fighting these Big Government abuses and usurpations one at a time? Should we continue trying to ‘elect the right people’ to Washington? Sure. Carry on. But an additional more powerful approach may be much closer to home than Washington, D.C.”

“Most Americans tacitly assume that our state governments and legislatures are subservient to Washington because our Constitution, as ‘supreme law of the land,’ declares it to be so. But it isn’t so. We-the-People actually have the ultimate power to reform Washington via our state legislatures. It’s right there, in black-and-white, in Article V process 2, the state-driven process for amending the Constitution.”

“Now more than ever, it is time for We the People to bring the power of Article V to the center ring of American politics. That starts with awareness and grassroots organization. Mark Levin’s book, Liberty Amendments, published in August, 2013, is helping raise awareness. And a new organization, Convention of States, launched in Sept, 2013, is providing the grassroots organization.”

“In only a few years, [a term limits] amendment would clear out all the lifetime legislative-class elites in both parties. Whom am I referring to? Fill in your own favorite names for those old, fearful guardians of the status quo. Here’s a hint: our entitlement society and debt exploded on their watch, their obligations to special interests run long and deep, and they wield enormous power over the reform-minded newcomers we have sent to try to reform Congress.”

“Can We the People really limit our federal government, return to free markets, and restore personal and fiscal responsibility for ourselves and our children? Yes, we can. And we’d best get on with it.”

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