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Shapiro: Our constitutional system is upside-down. We need a Convention of States.

Published in Blog on March 09, 2021 by Article V Patriot

Our nation was founded on the idea that the government's power must be checked. That's why the Framers wrote into the Constitution three branches of the federal government, all of which check and balance one another.

But, as Ben Shapiro explained on his show, that system was thrown out the window in the early 20th century.

When Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson came to power, they began instituting a system -- with the help of the Supreme Court -- in which the President holds near-unlimited power. In this system, the president embodies the will of the people and can act however he sees fit.

Ever since then, our country has been on a more tyrannical trajectory. 

"We've been undermining our constitutional protections. We have turned the Constitution of the United States, instead of a charter of liberty and a document designed to limit the federal government, into a bill that allows the government to do anything except for a few specific areas," Ben explained.

Fortunately, there is hope. The Framers knew that powerful people would abuse their system, and they included in Article V a way for the people to shore up our original constitutional republic. 

"That's why a Convention of States is so necessary," Ben said. "It's a big vision, but America has always been a people of great vision. So let's get busy, and get this done."

A Convention of States is called and controlled by the states and has the power to propose constitutional amendments. These amendments can limit the power, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government. They can also force Congress to be fiscally responsible and limit the terms of office for federal officials.

The Framers of the Constitution instituted the greatest governmental system in the history of the world. It's time to get back to their original vision, and we can do it with a Convention of States. 

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