We as a nation are in trouble. We have a crushing national debt. We have leaders that don’t listen to us. We have partisan divisions that only perpetuate the status quo rather than change it. Political parties are shackles that keep us in limbo, with no hope of change. We need fundamental change to our federal government. 

A Convention of States is that change. Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, state legislatures can propose amendments to the Constitution. We don’t have to wait for Congress to fix the problem. We need 34 states to call such a convention. Our North Carolina legislature can pass a resolution calling for a Convention of States, where we can propose common-sense changes to the Constitution. 

The amendments to be considered are the following: 

n Imposing fiscal restraint on the federal government e.g. balanced budgets.

n Limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. 

n Imposing term limits on federal officials.

These are common-sense solutions that all people should be able to find common ground on. If you are interested in learning more, you can visit www.conventionofstates.com.

If you like what you see, contact State Rep. Jamie Boles and State Sen. Tom McInnis and ask them to support a resolution calling for a convention of states. Fifteen other states have already passed a similar resolution. 

Joseph Garrison

Pinebluff

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Peyton Cook

One other thing. The so-called $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill is actually for relief. The other half is earmarks better known as “pork” according to the Wall Street Journal. Another Amendment could be that earmarks can’t be attached to spending bills or budgets. They must be in a separate bill with the name of the member of Congress attached to each one.

Peyton Cook

A Convention of States is an excellent idea. It would be the first of it’s kind. The people would have an opportunity, rather than politicians, to create Amendments. I would keep it to two. First, would be term limits on members of Congress; two terms for Senators and six for House members. Second, I support Kent’s ideas for National elections.

Kent Misegades

“Limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. “. Amen! The best way is through secession. Rebuild the country with similar states like Florida and Georgia amd follow the original intent of true sovereign nations (states) with a weak central government. See Switzerland as an example that works.

Roger Davis

I just found out this week that Texas has its own power grid isolated from the eastern and western power grids. How long would states survive if they decided to go it alone and secede?

How long would Heaven's waiting room (Florida) KKK central (Georgia) last if they went at it alone?

Kent Misegades

The Convention of States is a good idea and constitutional too. The problem though is election integrity. Who will promise that they won’t be stolen again? Until true election reform takes place in all 50 states (everyone votes with a photo ID on the same day, paper ballots, no machines, no illegals voting, no early voting) I see no point in voting again. All evidence of election fraud from 2020 must be thoroughly investigated. Perpetrators of the fraud should serve jail time. Those falsely elected should be replaced by those who actually won. Until all this happens, our system remains utterly broken and voting has little meaning.

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