Georgia Takes First Step to Stop Oppressive Federal Government

When our Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution of the United States, they knew that at some point in time that changes would need to be made to our governing document.  They wrote Article 5 for just that purpose and it states:

“The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”

Most people believe that only Congress can propose an Amendment to the Constitution which then must be ratified by two-thirds of the states in order to take effect.  However, if you read Article 5 carefully, you will see that the states can initiate an Amendment if two-thirds of them pass the same initiative in their state legislatures.

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A grassroots effort is being made to call for a Convention of States to reign in and limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.  Why?  They identify four key problems with the federal government:

1. The Spending and Debt Crisis

2. The Regulatory Crisis

3. Congressional Attacks on State Sovereignty

4. Federal Takeover of the Decision-Making Process

According to their website:

“By calling a convention of the states, we can stop the federal spending and debt spree, the power grabs of the federal courts, and other misuses of federal power. The current situation is precisely what the Founders feared, and they gave us a solution we have a duty to use.”

“After the states propose, debate, and vote upon the proposed amendments, they will be sent to the 50 state legislatures for ratification. Three-quarters of the states must agree for any of the proposed amendments to be ratified.”

“Congress has no authority to stop such a process. The Founders made sure of that.”

Two goals separate our plan from all other Article V organizations:”

“1. We want to call a convention for a particular subject rather than a particular amendment. Instead of calling a convention for a balanced budget amendment (though we are entirely supportive of such an amendment), we want to call a convention for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.”

“2. We believe the grassroots is the key to calling a successful convention.  The goal is to build a political operation in a minimum of 40 states, getting 100 people to volunteer in at least 75% of the state’s legislative district.  We believe this is very doable. Only through the support of the American people will this project have a chance to succeed…”

“A convention of states needs to be called to ensure that we are able to debate and impose a complete package of restraints on the misuse of power by all branches of the federal government.”

The Georgia state legislature is the first one to act upon the call for a Convention of States to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.  This week, the Georgia House passed the Senate’s resolution by a 107-58 vote.  State Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon) was the primary sponsor of the resolution and after the House passed the Senate’s version, he said:

“I am pleased that the Georgia legislature has given voice to the frustrations of millions of Georgians.  Enough is enough. It is time to impose fiscal and other restraints on our runaway federal government.  We urge other states to join us.”

Jacqueline Peterson is the Georgia State Director of the Convention of States Project and she also commented after the passage of the resolution:

“We Georgians have become the hope of the Nation today.  Many thanks to our State Legislators for standing for Liberty.  May God bless us, every single one!”

Other states are expected to follow Georgia’s lead, but I don’t know which ones are considering a similar Convention of States resolution.  I strongly urge you to contact your state politicians and urge them to take action on this measure and join Georgia in limiting federal control.  Tell them to check out Convention of States website and take action or they’ll lose your vote.

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