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Letter to the Editor: Calls for North Carolina to join Convention of States

Published in Blog on February 08, 2018 by Rick Manzer

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I was pleased Sunday morning, February 4, to find that the editor of the New Bern Sun Journal published my letter expressing support for Convention of States.

In the letter, I make the case that the federal government is broken and that Congress cannot fix it. The letter offers the only real solution, Convention of States, and suggests readers contact their state legislators to ask them to support it.

Please contact your House and Senate legislators to ask them to support the Convention of States resolutions when it comes up for a vote.

Our elected federal officials never seem to rise to our ideals. We vote them in, expecting they will do our collective bidding, and more times than not they let us down. Once in DC, they turn their focus toward reelections, putting constituents desires behind those of lobbists, large donors, and special interests. In return, this group gets favorable legislation and federal money. The result is a huge federal debt and an unimaginable number of government enforced laws that benefit special interests and can infringe upon individual liberties.

Many of us resent the fact that Congress doesn’t live by the same rules that we do. For example, they exempt themselves from Obamacare rules while they get rich from insider trading related to their legislation.

Laws are passed that many times ignore constitutional restraints. Some laws delegate unconstitutional authority to government administrators who then rule over us. Others are effectively created by court rulings, many in violation of the Constitution.

The federal government has become corrupt, bloated and overreaching. Congress is very comfortable with the status quo and will never fix itself. The fix must come from outside. America’s founders included a solution as big as the problem in Article V of the Constitution. It’s called a Convention of States and now is the time for us to invoke this important tool to return power to the states and “We the People”.

Article V states, in part: “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states…”

During the 2017 North Carolina legislative session, our senator, Norman Sanderson, enthusiastically sponsored the Article V resolution, which subsequently passed in the Senate. In the House, our representative, Michael Speciale, decided to vote against the resolution, and it narrowly lost. Fortunately, the house voted to reconsider in 2018.

We now have the opportunity to be the 13th state, of the 34 required, to pass the resolution. Please contact your state legislators at https://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx and ask them to vote “yes” to join the Convention of States. This is an important, non-partisan grassroots effort that will help drain the DC swamp.

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