Vladimir Putin “won” yet another “election” on Sunday, solidifying his iron grip on Russia. Only days earlier, China’s President Xi Jinping declared himself dictator for life, and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un shows no signs of giving his oppressed people more freedom.
Tyranny, as a recent op-ed in the New York Post points out, is alive and well across the world, and it seems to be spreading. The hope in democracy following the collapse of the USSR hasn’t panned out, and countries from pole to pole are struggling to assert their right to self-governance against dictators and despots.
We still enjoy a great amount of freedom in the United States. Our judicial system has its flaws, but it’s no North Korea. And while the U.S. Congress bends to the whims of special interests, We the People have the ability to enact changes at the state and local levels.
But as the old saying goes, “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” and the federal government has given us every reason to stay vigilant. The power grabs by Washington, D.C., have trampled on state and individual rights, and if we’re not careful we could lose even more freedoms.That’s why millions have joined the Article V Convention of States movement. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and return it to the states and the people. We may be a long way from Russia, China, or North Korea, but if we want to secure liberty for our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, we have to act now, before it’s too late.
What is a Convention of States?
Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. It takes 34 states to call the convention and 38 to ratify any amendments that are proposed. Our convention would only allow the states to discuss amendments that, “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.”
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