Barton Is A True Patriot

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Editor:

This letter is in response to the letter published Jan. 24 headlined, “Barton needs to respect the Constitution and the electorate.”

Really? Representative Barton is a true patriot.

The power of the federal government is out of control. As the state legislators at the recent Mt. Vernon Assembly realized, Washington’s abuse of power — instigated by both Republicans and Democrats — must come to an end before it’s too late.

The $17-trillion-plus national debt is one example of this abuse. Our children and grandchildren will pay for Washington’s spending spree. There will be taxes imposed for spending they never approved and from which they never directly benefited. The cry of that generation will echo that of the founding generation: “Taxation without representation!”

Fortunately, when the national government becomes drunk with power, the states possess the authority to reorganize the power structure in a manner that preserves liberty. Article V of the Constitution allows the states to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. Using an Article V convention, the states can stop the spending and debt spree, the power grabs of the federal courts, and the forfeiture of American sovereignty to the United Nations.

Citizens for Self-Governance has started the Convention of States project to urge state legislatures to call a Convention of States. To get involved, visit the Web site, conventionofstates.com.

We are approaching a crossroads. One path leads to the escalating power of an irresponsible centralized government, ultimately resulting in the financial ruin of generations of Americans. The other path leads to freedom and the chance to once again to be proud of the United States.

Which will you choose?

I’m choosing to preserve liberty by volunteering for the Convention of States project in Arizona.

Paul Pristo

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