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Time for a Convention of States

If you look at any polls rating the public approval of the president, of Congress and of the Affordable Healthcare Act you will find a majority of Americans disapprove of all of these. You will also find a majority of Americans agreeing that the country is headed in the wrong direction. (www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls). The large numbers of citizens who disapprove of our current Federal government are the result of decades of professional politicians more interested in serving their own interests than the interests of this country and its citizens. They have lost sight of the real world that most of us live in.

The Federal government is not solving problems for its citizens, it is instead creating them by becoming increasingly intrusive in all of our lives, with regulatory and tax burdens beyond the scope imagined by the framers of the Constitution. They have overspent our hard earned dollars and there is no end in sight. Neither political party is interested in curbing this abuse of power. The executive branch continues to enact regulations that place an unnecessary financial burden on small and medium businesses that employ the majority of Americans, especially outside of the metropolitan areas of the country.

If, like me, you are one of the citizens who are among the dissatisfied, but aren’t sure what to do about it, there is an answer. The answer is found in Article V of the Constitution, which allows for a Convention of States to be called by the legislatures of two thirds of the states (34 of the 50). Here’s what happens: 34 states submit applications for the same issue; Congress is required to call the convention; commissioners debate, propose, and vote upon possible amendments; proposed amendments are sent to the state for ratifications; and if 38 states ratify, the proposed amendments become part of the Constitution. There are a number of possible amendments that could be discussed at the convention, including term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court. Read more about the process and how to get involved at http://www.conventionofstates.com/learn-convention-states-0.

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