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JOANNE: We have a chance to right this ship before it gets out of control

Published in Blog on June 11, 2021 by Convention Of States

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If you've ever tried to get a sit-down meeting with your representative in the U.S. Congress, you know it's all but impossible. Unless you represent a large lobby or are a big donor, most federal officials won't give you the time of day. This makes it incredibly difficult to hold them accountable, and it means they're less likely to listen to the voices of their constituents. 

State representatives, on the other hand, are must easier to meet in person. Many of them will take the time to sit down with concerned citizens, listen to their thoughts, and take their arguments into consideration.

That's why Joanne Laufenberg, the state director for Convention of States Wisconsin, believes it's so important to call an Article V Convention of States: if we can give more power to the states, We the People will have a greater voice in government.

"This is the epitome of why we want a Convention of States. I can come and talk to you guys," she told a legislative committee recently. "I've met with you, I've met with you, and you. I met with you in your real estate office. This is why it's important."

We won't right our country's ship, Joanne explained, until we can empower the people. One of the best ways to do that is via a Convention of States, which has the power to propose constitutional amendments that take power from the federal government and return it to the states.

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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 Article V Pocket Guide (which explains the process and answers many questions) here: https://conventionofstates.com/handbook_pdf

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