Our founding fathers were insightful guys!
From the outset, there was always a lurking fear that the government that they were creating might someday get away from the people that it was supposed to serve. Sadly that day has come.
I have attended "Convention of States" meetings. I have read carefully their positions. Most, if not all, I support.
For those not familiar, here is the skinny: We need 34 states to agree to hold a convention. But first, we must define the stark distinction between an Article Five convention and a Constitutional Convention. It's confusing!
In an Article Five Convention, the states "pre-set conditions within the existing structure." In a constitutional convention, it's more about "rewriting the government outside the existing structure."
I have heard horrible predictions by noteworthy people, regarding the dangers of a Constitutional convention. It amounts to anything can happen, depending on "who" is most influencing the convention.
An Article Five Convention poses fewer surprises. 34 states meet and make alterations within the existing structure.
Co-founder, Michael Ferris explains the distinction. The objectives are,
Reducing the size and scope of the Federal Government.
Fiscal restraint through a balanced budget amendment.
Enacting term limits for elected federal officials, including Supreme Court Justices.
Thus far, 15 of the needed 34 states have signed on.
When I attended a rally held in Frankfort, Kentucky it became painfully apparent Kentucky was not going to be an easy addition. Many in attendance who otherwise supported the measures, didn't like the idea of term limiting a Kentucky Senator, who had made his way to Majority leader!
There are others who are saying, "no so fast," when it comes to a balanced budget amendment!
In short, while the proposed measures gather justified support, the question becomes, "can we ever expect to gain participation from the required 34 states?
Here is a thought. "What if we focused on some critical issues that would address some current stalemates in Washington?"
+- Making English official language in the U.S.
+- Mandating that ONLY American Citizens are allowed to vote
+- Requiring that all voters present photo identification at a polling center. No "ballot harvesting." Any absentee ballot would need to be applied for at the county clerk's office thirty days prior to the election.
+- Congressional Representation would be based of U.S. Citizens, not persons. When the Constitution was written, there was no such thing as an "American Citizen." You were a citizen of the state you resided.
+- Birthright citizenship would be defined as "any person born in the U.S. who was previously engaged in involuntary servitude or who had no previous status."
+- Chain Migration would be defined as "an immediate family member only."
I have no doubt that we can get 34 states to agree to these specifications!
Make no mistake! There should be discussion regarding reducing the size and scope of the federal government. Term limits should be on the table! And we must get our fiscal house in order! Yet, can we do these things before it's too late!
For skeptics, take a look at California! Facts are facts! We are running out of time!
America stands at a crossroads! We can "swing for the fences," hoping to hit a home run. Or, we can play "small ball," temporarily settling for singles and doubles.
It begins with returning control of the country to American citizens.
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