Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas, Senators, and Convention of States

So how do you decorate your Christmas tree? I have more than one tree in the house, at the urging of my family who likes that our Patriot Honor Ride next door neighbor has several trees throughout his house! He even have a Patriot Tree! So our new tree, I've decided, should be our Convention of States tree this year!

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While I was busy decorating the house for Christmas I got an opportunity to join several other volunteers from the Convention of States Project to meet with one of our state senators. Because this senator is on the fence regarding Convention of States, we had a grand opportunity. The senator graciously took some time out of this busy Christmas season to meet with his constituents to learn more about the Convention of States Project. Although I confess I was terrified going to the event, I ended up having a great time! Why? It was an amicable discussion from both sides on viewpoints and concerns. Isn't this how it should always be? Amicable and full of discussion...where we listen to one another? Isn't this what "keeping a republic" is all about?

It doesn't look like this very often in Washington DC. That came up a lot, which inspired the following details for this post...all of which I heard discussed on that December evening. The beauty of meeting with our state senator is exactly what our Founders envisioned. Our Founders fully intended the bulk of the power of government to reside in the states, so that We the People could easily access and talk to their local representatives about matters of concern. We cannot meet with our US Senators this easily. When do we ever sit at tables, face to face, in discourse over matters of concern regarding our nation...expounding on problematic issues such as the national debt? Yet on this December evening we met with a Virginia state senator about these issues. Our meeting was both friendly and heartfelt.

Not only that, but also senators at the state level tend to serve We the People far better than senators at the national level. Senators at the national level are quite often career politicians, interested in serving themselves so as to advance their careers. They earn pretty good salaries for their duties at the federal level throughout the calendar year. Nothing stops them from advancing their political careers. Nothing. However at the state level, our legislators serve actively at the state capitol building for only few months a year. The rest of the year they have real jobs back home among their constituents, to keep a roof over their head and food on their tables. Legislators at the state level are far more aware of reality than Congressmen at the federal level. 

It is this thirst for power at the national level that has driven the national debt ever higher year by year, even day by day. We are at the $17 trillion mark and counting. Power hungry politicians don't think twice about increasing the debt. This is a bipartisan problem.

However the Convention of States Project is a nonpartisan solution that was given to us by the Founding Fathers. The Founders were well educated as to the histories of prior governments. Governments have a tendency to grow too powerful. Thus when the Founders were writing Article V of the Constitution about how Congress would propose amendments, George Mason stood up to announce that there had to be more than one way to propose amendments. He reminded his fellow delegates that surely the day would come when America's federal government would lean towards tyranny, growing too powerful, taking power away from the states. In that future day the federal government would never rein itself in. Thus they would need a check on their power through We the People. The other delegates immediately concurred, so they added another means for proposing amendments to the Constitution...by the means of We the People calling upon their state legislatures to call for a Convention of States.

Our meeting with the senator was part of our "keeping a republic" by using Article V of the Constitution. All of us need to contact our state senators and representatives to encourage them to call a Convention of States to rein in the power of the federal government. You can do this from the comfort of your home by going to www.conventionofstates.com to sign the petition. That will send an e-mail to your state legislator!

The senator we talked to admitted that, yes, he had received many positive e-mails from his constituents urging him to support a Convention of States. He said he reads every e-mail in the months he is not at the state capitol. When he is busy in session his aide reads his e-mails. The new sessions for the states start next month. Sign the petition today! Together we can "keep our republic" and return power to the states.

6 comments:

  1. I love your Convention of States Christmas tree! I'm volunteering for the Convention of States Project because I think We the People really can turn our country around. I'm excited about this constitutional solution to the problems in our federal government.

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    1. I agree! Like our co-founder Michael Farris has said, no point in talking about a problem without working on the solution! =)
      Laurie

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  2. Good ideas! In case you want to avoid some unnecessary negative remarks from anyone who could join the discussion here, you ought to edit your word "Congressmen" to "Legislators". Congress is at the federal level. Your state members of the House and the Senate are Legislators for your state.

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    1. Ah, I did agonize over those synonyms! Your advice has been taken! Thank you!
      Laurie

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  3. It is wonderful that our Founding Fathers gave us a Constitutional Republic with the requirement to maintain her. George Mason's recommendation went unopposed givingredients the power to "We the People" who should self-educate and then Stand up,Speak up, and Show up for our Article V Amendments Convention movement. We thank you and for your support and wish you a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year!

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  4. One the the great side effects of the Convention of States Project is how it is getting ordinary people participating in the process of "keeping the Republic," discussing liberty, the purpose of government, checks and balances, and all the grand ideas that the Founders put into our Constitution. Thanks for the part you play in helping to preserve self-governance.

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