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The Fundamentals of Self-Governance pt. 5 - Convention of States

Published in Blog on October 21, 2022 by Jakob Fay

This week, we took a look at the four ingredients that sustain self-governance in a nation: the freedom muscle, limited government, virtue, and civic duty.

Today, in conclusion, we will examine a fifth component of self-government that is unique to America: Convention of States.

First, however, we must admit that the aforementioned “ingredients” are deficient in America today. People have become too reliant on the government and are no longer used to governing themselves. This is largely because our government is no longer limited. Many would argue this problem first began because the people, lacking in virtue, elected to Washington politicians who were also lacking in virtue. Of course, the problem could have been solved if only we took our civic responsibilities seriously, but unfortunately, too many of us failed to take action.

You can see how all four of these things are inseparably connected. If a deficiency resulted in the loss of freedom, we can reasonably conclude that reviving these beliefs and practices would restore freedom.

But how can we restore self-governance when the federal government refuses to relinquish its control and power over the American people? Even if we found renewed interest in virtue and civic duty, Washington would continue to grow apace, right?

That’s where Convention of States comes into play.

Our brilliant Founders foresaw a day when the national government would be so divorced from reality it wouldn’t matter how hard the people tried to rein it in – it would just keep getting bigger and bigger, trampling on its citizen’s rights in the process.

However, the Founders did not want us to be powerless in such a scenario, so they gave us an amendatory convention in Article V of the Constitution. This fail-safe would enable the states to do what power-hungry political elites would certainly refuse to do: pump the brakes on a runaway federal government.

Today, as self-governance lingers on its dying breath, it would be foolish to not call a Convention of States. Through the Article V process, We the People would be empowered to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.

Ultimately, we would be empowered to bring decision-making powers back to the American people.

Once 34 states officially call for an Article V Convention (19 states have already done so) an amendatory convention would be triggered, and there's nothing the bureaucrats in Washington can do to stop it. At the convention, delegates would propose amendments reinforcing the Constitution's original meaning, thereby putting Congress and the rest of the federal government back in line.

Convention of States is truly a self-governing people’s last line of defense against tyranny. Yes, we need to rebuild our freedom muscle. Yes, we need virtue and a sense of civic duty. But we also need something a little more to tip the scale back in our favor.

Millions of grassroots patriots are fighting to make the Convention of States a reality. In fact, our movement boasts the largest grassroots army of self-governing activists in American history. Not only would calling a Convention of States preserve freedom for future generations, it would also be the greatest single act of self-governance America has witnessed yet.

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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 to proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington DC.

I support Convention of States; a national movement 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 an 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:

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