Wednesday February 10, 2016
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Almost 230 years ago, a handful of brave men and women – merchants, soldiers, educators, farmers, clerics, physicians and lawyers – all met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Combining their past struggles against a tyrannical government with their brilliant theories of a new, republican form of government, they produced and signed the document known today as the United States Constitution.
Not two months ago, I attended a meeting here in Payson. It, too, held a diverse crowd – small business owners, veterans, teachers, ranchers and retirees – all assembled to hear a presentation devised around one paragraph, just 143 words, written by those early Framers – Article V, where the states are given the same power and authority as Congress to amend the Constitution. The attendees were encouraged to educate themselves on this issue as old as the very nation it helped to define, and to inform others of its little-known existence, and finally to contact our state legislators and encourage them to do the same.
Yesterday (3/12), with the strong backing of both Representative Brenda Barton and Representative Bob Thorpe, the Arizona House of Representatives passed HCR2027, invoking Article V and applying to Congress for a Convention of States limited to proposing amendments to the United States Constitution that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.
Along with Georgia and Alaska, Arizona has now taken a brave step toward the nation’s future, hopefully one of rational restraint and constitutional decorum. The legislation now moves to the state senate, where the establishment of both political parties has promised overwhelming opposition. The voice of the people can make a difference. The voice of informed people, of passionate people, of constituents and voters determined to hold their elected officials to a higher standard – to demand that they put what’s best for our state and for the nation ahead of what’s best for their life-long political careers.
Visit www.ConventionOfStates.com and become those people.
(Letter to the Editor)
If I could change but one word, it would be in the second sentence... I would change "tyrannical government" to "tyrannical monarchy." That makes it more analogous to the predicament in which we find ourselves today. - mja
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