I’m representing South Dakota today at a historic convention in Mt. Vernon Virginia; I’m at an Article V convention meeting with several SD legislators at Mount Vernon in an attempt to start the process to rein in a nearly uncontrollable federal government which seeks to insert itself into every aspect of our lives.
The group that is promoting legislators from across the nation to participate in this historic project is called the Convention of States Project (They can be found on Twitter @COSproject)
Many are here because they see a myriad of problems coming out of Washington. some are here because of the intrusion of Obamacare into our lives and businesses. Some are seeking a renewed look at federal term limits and campaign finance reform.
In addition to these issues, I would like to see an amendment to the constitution for a balanced budget, and to force the Congress to stop mortgaging our children’s future.
Why are we seeking such a drastic measure to amend the constitution? It’s obvious that the entrenched politicians who control Washington have no interest in reforms. Congress passes campaign finance reforms that only make the process more difficult for candidates to be in compliance. It’s obvious that congress will never limit itself on spending.
And let’s not kid ourselves on whether or not Congress will ever pass term limits.
Much of this meeting’s success owes itself to a book by Mark Levin, as noted in this article:
Mark Levin’s, The Liberty Amendment’s, is the major influencing force for this call to action by the states for the Assembly. Levin points out that Article V of the Constitution provides the path to amending the Constitution in which, from the State level, two third’s of all the State Legislatures ask Congress to call a “Convention for proposing Amendments). If the Convention approves an Amendment, it can then be ratified by three fourths of the States and added to the Constitution with or without Congresses approval! Read that here.
With a Congress either unwilling or unable to act to reform a federal bureaucracy run amok, it is incumbent upon states to compel the federal government to act. And if they can’t handle it, then maybe the states should.