Nationally syndicated writer and commentator Cal Thomas was for many years "on the side of the cautious" when it came to Article V and the Convention of States movement.
But recent events have caused him to rethink his position.
A Convention of States won't "run away," but the federal government already has. As Thomas explained in a recent editorial, President Joe Biden has launched an attack on democracy by issuing a record-number of executive orders, and Congress is spending our country into the ground.
These threats warrant the use of our most powerful tool to stop federal overreach: an Article V Convention of States.
I have been on the side of the cautious on this issue, but as I see President Biden issuing record numbers of executive orders and bypassing the authority of Congress, and Congress on a spending binge that is driving the debt to record and unsustainable levels, perhaps threatening our very survival, I have come to the conclusion that nothing but a carefully organized and controlled constitutional convention can return power to where the Founders intended it to reside — with the people.
Like many new supporters of the Article V movement, Thomas incorrectly uses the term "constitutional convention" when referring to a Convention of States. (For a great explanation of the difference between the two terms, check out this video.) But that doesn't diminish Thomas' keen diagnosis of the problem with the federal government and the reason he's supporting the Article V effort.
The reason government has become so dysfunctional and unwieldy is that it has for too long exceeded the boundaries originally set for it. The Founders wanted government to be limited, so the people would be mostly unlimited in their pursuit of happiness, accompanied by individual responsibility and accountability.
Today’s federal government has achieved the opposite. It has grown ever larger and has limited freedoms we once took for granted. This has caused serious consequences, including too many people believing that government is their primary source for all things. In return, government promises increasing benefits based on entitlements, which have the effect of addicting growing numbers of people to Washington. They, in turn, mostly vote for the politicians who give them stuff.
We couldn't agree more. We must stop our country's descent into big-government socialism, and the best way to do that is through an Article V Convention of States.
A Convention of States is called and controlled by the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments. These amendments can limit federal power, spending, and terms of office, and can restore the states and the people to their rightful places at the top of our system of governance.
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