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WATCH: The federal government is holding the citizens and states hostage

Published in Blog on September 12, 2023 by Brianna Kraemer

Owning property is one of the fundamental rights of a free people. Land enables sovereignty, so what does it suggest when wide-open land across America is locked up by the feds? 

North Dakota is an oil-rich state, but the federal government blocks drilling in the state because they won't lease the land to the state, according to North Dakota Rep. Jim Kasper.  

Rep. Kasper, who attended the COSF Simulated Convention in August, explained that western states have trillions of barrels of reserves, oil, and other minerals they can't get out of because the federal government owns the land. 

SEE ALSO: Western states 'exploitable': federal authorities own 28% of America's land

"The federal government is holding the United States and the citizens and the states hostage," said Kasper. "The system is broken. So we have the opportunity under Article V to take control back in the states, where the country began."

Kasper sat on the Federal Fiscal Restraint and Jurisdiction Committee at the Simulated Convention, which proposed an amendment to restrict the federal government from interfering with state lands without explicit permission from state governments. 

"Unfortunately, the Congress, Washington, the swamp, they've lost their way. And as time has gone on, I've become more and more active in the concept of the Convention of States movement," Kasper added.

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We're a group of states that develop the federal government, not the other way around. The states must stand up and take back control, and it starts with Convention of States. 

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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.

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