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Two powerful letters to the editor advocate for term limits and reining in D.C.

Published in Blog on October 15, 2019 by Convention Of States

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This is citizen activism in action!

Two Convention of States volunteers recently penned powerful letters to their local newspapers that clearly, succinctly, and deftly outline the need for the first-ever Article V Convention of States.

The first comes from Matt May, who wrote to the Massachusetts newspaper The Eagle-Tribune:

Nick McNulty's Oct. 6 letter to the editor should be required reading for legislators and voters alike. Term limits are absolutely necessary for the U.S. Congress.

Power-mad career politicians are clearly unwilling to release their grip on the instruments of government and the staggering advantages of incumbency. They have used such power, as journalist Peter Schweizer and others have demonstrated, wantonly and in many cases illegally, and to their curious self enrichment during their dishonorable tenures as "public servants."
 
Such as these will never actively work to begin or advance the process to amend the Constitution to force themselves to do something else with their lives. They refuse to reestablish the concept of the citizen legislator envisioned by the founders and observed until the misnamed Progressive Era.

Voters could work to elect candidates who pledge to self-impose term limits. But such candidates are rare and often disingenuous.

“Potomac Fever” is easily contracted among the newly elected in tandem with a sudden onset of indispensability, both of which metastasize with time. Former Congressman Marty Meehan is a prime example of such empty posturing and unearned self-regard. 

There is recourse. Article V of the Constitution permits the state legislatures to apply for a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to address issues such as term limits and the seemingly endless expansion of power of the D.C. leviathan.

Grassroots efforts are underway throughout the country aimed at persuading the several state legislatures to make such application, and 15 states of the necessary two-thirds have passed such resolutions.

In Massachusetts, House Bill 3213, which directs the secretary of state to make application under Article V, is currently before the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. The panel recently heard testimony for and against the resolution, and it will soon decide whether to vote it out of committee for votes on the state House and Senate floors.

Convincing two-thirds of the legislatures to make application for a convention of states is a daunting task indeed. But citizens and legislators of all stripes can and should work together to restore constitutional balance and return Congress to the sovereign.

Article V provides for just that, and it's a conversation worth having.

I encourage Massachusetts citizens to review H. 3213 and voice support for a convention of states to the committee and your representatives in the General Court.  

And the second was written by Chris Walker, who published his letter in The Roanoke Times:

Do you know who is the nation’s largest employer, insurer, creditor, lender, consumer, grantor, property owner, tenant, healthcare provider and pension guarantor?

That's right, the federal government.

It has amassed over $22 trillion in debt for the American taxpayer to repay and there is no sign the spending will slow down. Most Americans support a Balanced Budget Amendment, but Congress refuses to propose such an amendment.

Cronies in Congress linger and dwell in the D.C. swamp for decades while growing in wealth and power. Most Americans support a Term Limits amendment, but Congress refuses to propose such an amendment.

The unelected fourth branch of the federal government, the bureaucracy, regulates and restricts us at will. Congress delegated their power to these bureaucracies and, in so doing, have advocated their responsibility.
Thankfully, the states have the power to fix this mess. Since Congress refuses, the states must act.
 
This weekend, I traveled three and a half hours to Colonial Williamsburg, to join approximately 400 unpaid volunteer leaders. We gathered for a three day summit to train, be inspired and fellowship. Our purpose: Building an army of self governing activists.

We heard from the likes of former Senator Tom Coburn, the NRA’s Charles Cooper, historian David Barton, Pete Hegseth of Fox and Friends, radio host Ben Shapiro, and (as Sean Hannity refers to him) “The Great One”, Mark Levin. You too can be inspired at https://conventionofstates.com/levin-2019summit
 
A recent poll showed that 61% of Virginians support calling a Convention of States to rein in the federal government.

Join us at conventionofstates.com, because the D.C. swamp will not drain itself.

Thanks, Matt and Chris, for your hard work and dedication! If you want to join other like-minded patriots in your state, you can! Simply sign the Convention of States Petition below to voice your support for our last, best chance to rein in the federal government.

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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.

I support the Convention of States Project; a national effort 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 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: https://conventionofstates.com/handbook_pdf

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