Convention of States

  • The federal government, as currently constrained by our Constitution, has shown itself to be incapable of operating in a fiscally responsible manner. 

  • The constitution needs to be amended to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government along with limiting its power and jurisdiction.

  • A Convention of States is perhaps the best procedure, that citizens can utilize, to enact changes to our constitution to make the Federal government more responsible.  I fully support having a Conventions of States.

Discussion:

I support the call for a Convention of States (https://conventionofstates.com/news/what-does-the-convention-of-states-resolution-actually-say ).  In particular: “... calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.”  I am a bit hesitant to support this movement given the non-specificity of the proposed changes.  Even though the call for the convention says the purpose is to:  impose fiscal restraints, limit power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government and limit terms in office, there is no specific wording for any constitutional amendments.  Consequently there is no certainty as to what changes a Convention of States would actually propose. Nevertheless, given the history of our Federal government’s deficits over the past 80 years, it’s clear to me we need to make changes.  I believe calling for a Convention of States is a risk worth taking.  The federal government, as currently constrained by our Constitution, has shown itself incapable of operating in a fiscally responsible manner.  If this behavior is not corrected it will eventually bankrupt the country.  When that occurs the resulting chaos is likely to produce losses to our liberties as well as great turmoil.  We need to avoid those outcomes both for ourselves and future generations.  For those reasons I support the call for a Convention of States and, assuming it succeeds in getting the required approvals from 34 states, I will be work to support the actual efforts to write Constitutional articles that will both make us fiscally responsible and strengthen our hold on individual liberties.