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Letter to the editor: Country has room for diversity of opinions

Published in Blog on December 03, 2018 by Convention Of States

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“America’s Cold Civil War” by Charles R. Kesler is an interesting essay describing the division in our country, how he believes it came about, and five ways the problem might be resolved. Two of the possible solutions are unlikely, two are very dangerous, but one, from my perspective as a volunteer for the Convention of States Project, is very appealing. The author’s third idea is to restore federalism.

Our U.S. Constitution was written to restrain the federal government. Each of the states have their own republican constitution and govern themselves under the umbrella of a constitutionally restricted federal government. Our constitution’s framers had just fought the most powerful government on earth to remain free, and had no desire to turn that freedom over to another. With federalism, there’s room for differences.

There has always been division in this country, and I believe there always will be. It is impossible to have an all powerful federal government, making all of the decisions for over 300 million people, without that same government becoming overbearing. Putting us all in the same box will never work.

I got involved in the Convention of States Project 4.5 years ago, after learning the Founders had provided the People and the States a tool in Article V of the Constitution for times like this.

During a time of division, President Lincoln gave his first inaugural address. While talking of amending the Constitution, he said, “I will venture to add that to me the convention mode seems preferable, in that it allows amendments to originate with the people themselves.”

It was too late — seven states had already seceded.

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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.

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