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Our Founding Fathers Gave Us a Fail Safe
Because of the war on our Constitution by the establishment, corrupted officials and the media, many Americans have feared that conservatives will not be able to stop the assault on our freedoms. However, there is no need for conservatives to be afraid. Our Founding Fathers were wise enough to foresee the possibility of this and gave us a wonderful gift to put the power back in the hands of the American people at any point it is deemed fitting or necessary.
The American People Hold the Power
Article 5 of the Constitution holds a golden nugget for the American people. This nugget is known simply as the “convention of the states.” This part of the article allows, by a two-thirds majority of the state legislatures, for a convention of the states where they can act to amend the constitution and act as a final check and balance on our federal government. While Congress also holds these powers by a two-thirds vote in the house and the Senate, the President does not have the authority to enact this power on his own.
While there have been many calls to utilize Article 5 to convene a convention of the states over the history of our country, the most recent is from a conservative group called Citizens for Self-Governance. CSG states that the reason they initiated the convention of the state’s project was “for the purpose of stopping the runaway power of the federal government.” The CSG has made steady progress in working towards obtaining the two-thirds majority needed to hold a convention of the states. As of 2018, 12 of the 38 states needed have passed the CSG’s application.
Americans Must Let Their Voices Be Heard
Most American citizens are unaware of this power that, we the people, hold in our hands. By banding together and calling on state legislatures to act, citizens have the ability to enact initiatives such as term limits and to force a balanced budget. This could, in turn, keep the government from overspending and subsequently making up the difference through excessive taxation. Other initiatives that could be addressed through this process include voter identification requirements, national debt and limiting the overall power of the federal government.
As citizens, we must not forget that we hold the power in our hands to help our elected President drain the corrupt swamp and help return the government to the American people where it belongs. Perhaps it is time for a modern revolution, of sorts, whereby citizens, through their voices, not violence, rise up for change. We must propel our state legislators to truly act on behalf of the citizens they represent and utilize this important right given to us by the Founding Fathers. Through Article 5 we can rein in government overreach, abolish oppressive regulations and hold our representatives in Washington D.C. accountable.