COS: Arizona’s on the map!

May 20, 2017 by  

Check out this map!  After a number of prior attempts, Arizona’s finally gone green – joining other states calling for an Article V Convention of States (COS) to move forward.

Why? What is the problem?  Michael Farris says it best in this video.   Here are the four major problems only state-driven amendments to the Constitution can solve:

1. The Spending and Debt Crisis – The $19 trillion national debt is staggering, but it only tells a part of the story. Under standard accounting practices, the federal government owes around $100 trillion more in vested Social Security benefits and other programs. This is why the government cannot tax its way out of debt. Even if it confiscated everything, it would not cover the debt.

2. The Regulatory Crisis –The federal bureaucracy has placed a regulatory burden upon businesses that is complex, conflicted, and crushing. Little accountability exists when agencies—rather than Congress—enact the real substance of the law. Research from the American Enterprise Institute shows that since 1949, federal regulations have lowered the real GDP growth by 2% and made America 72% poorer.

3. Congressional Attacks on State Sovereignty- For years, Congress has been using federal grants to keep the states under its control. Combining these grants with federal mandates (which are rarely fully funded), Congress has turned state legislatures into their regional agencies rather than respecting them as truly independent republican governments.

4. Federal Takeover of the Decision-Making Process – The Founders believed that the structures of a limited government would provide the greatest protection of liberty. Not only were there to be checks and balances between the branches of the federal government, power was to be shared between the states and federal government, with the latter only exercising those powers specifically granted in the Constitution.

Collusion among decision-makers in Washington, D.C., has replaced these checks and balances. The federal judiciary supports Congress and, even with Republicans in the White House, ever-escalating attacks upon the jurisdiction of the fifty states continue. [above enumerations listed in full at www.conventionofstates.com]

Arizona’s resolution urges Congress to call an Article V convention of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution that will:

  • Impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government
  • Limit the power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government
  • Limit the terms of office for its officials and members of Congress

Read Arizona’s resolution summary here: HCR 2010 and the resolution in its entirety here.

Check out the FAQ.  Learn how Article V is designed to work and how our founders looked ahead to give states this option…for such a time as this.

 

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