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.
"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.
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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