Mount Vernon Or Bust!
The United States federal government has been “kicking the can down the road” for years when it comes to the nation’s finances. Our national leaders have been using the nation’s credit card to continue to feed Jabba The Hut pizza and pastries. When the credit card hits the limit, they simply “raise the debt ceiling” and obtain a cash advance by simply printing more money.
The truly scary part is that no one seems to be able to rein in what has become an out of control monster. Fiscal conservatives run for office only to get to Washington and find themselves powerless. States are powerless too as they have no one representing their interests in the nation’s capital.
The so-called “economists” that parade as experts on television keep repeating the same tired phrase: “We are the worlds richest nation and the economy will be just fine as long as people keep spending money.” Well, people are not spending money, and thanks to the Obamacare disaster, they have even less to spend than they had last year.
As a result, many businesses are changing their structures to hire only part time help so they can avoid the Obamacare mess and more and more Americans are stocking up on food and other supplies to be prepared in what they see as a coming disaster. These people are not conspiratorial nuts, they are educated people who understand the common sense notion that no person, business or government can continue to spend more money than they take in forever. At some point, the credit runs out.
Can our entire economic system collapse? The answer is yes, it can and if not reformed, it will. Rather than tell the American people the truth, the national media focuses on the latest tragic event and numbs viewers with the latest outrage involving Mylie Cyrus. The reason is that the media and their economic “experts” want to avoid a panic. They know that if people withdrew their savings from the bank and instead invested their money in gold and supplies, the system will crash immediately.
The core of the problem is that the federal government has long engaged in activities that are in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution. The result is that small businesses are being choked out of existence while huge corporations that can afford to pay massive amounts of money to candidates running for reelection are able to almost completely avoid paying up to Uncle Sam.
The federal government no longer even recognizes that the 10th Amendment exists. Indeed, the Affordable Care Act is proof that Congress allows lobbyists to write the bills and they vote them into law without even reading what is being proposed. Congress consistently passes bills requiring the states to follow certain policies, but provide no funding and that buck gets passed on largely to the small businessperson and middle class taxpayer. Why are you paying for free lunch to every kid in Richmond County? You are paying for the pizza and gluten-free burgers because the federal government says you have to. And, pray tell, where in the Constitution is the enumerated right for every American to have a cell phone? Look on your next cell phone bill and you will discover that you are not only paying for your service but other peoples service as well.
The federal government was designed to pave roads, deliver mail, coin money, provide a national defense and regulate interstate commerce; it was not designed to hand out free housing, free food, free cell phones, farm subsidies to urban areas and free health care. Even though medicine in their time was primitive compared to today, if the framers thought a blood letting was a right, they would have said as much. They never did.
The framers of the Constitution gave We The People a way to hem in the federal government should it become tyrannical. The People can demand an Article V convention. The process is difficult and requires more than just a majority consensus, but the process is codified into the Constitution.
Now, people on the fringe have been calling for such a convention for years. The media has ignored them and labeled them the “tin-foil hat” people. However, a movement by state legislators across the nation has begun to seriously take root. The reason this movement is gaining steam is because it is a bipartisan movement. Liberals and conservatives are both coming around to understanding that if something is not done soon, the nation’s economy will reach the tipping point and collapse.
The group, which calls itself the Convention Of States, is leading the charge at the grass roots level and recently a conference at Mt. Vernon was held and representatives of 32 states attended. This was an important moment in the nation’s history as 34 states are needed to call for such a convention. They have agreed to meet again in the spring of 2014 and by that time they may have the required amount of delegates to move forward.
When not ignoring the movement altogether, the critics in the media have labeled the movement as a bunch of kooks wanting to create a runaway convention that will rewrite the Constitution. However, this is not true and a convention could not legally happen in such a way. Sure, it is likely that the conservative christian bloc will want to propose a right to life amendment for the unborn and the far lefties would love an amendment that ends income disparity within corporations, but neither of those issues is what this convention is about. Also, it must be noted that the amendments that do come out of the convention require the ratification of 38 states, which is a tall order.
The goals of the convention are to simply offer amendments that rein in the federal government and take it back to the original intentions of the Framers who designed the national government as one that did very specific tasks while allowing the individual states to be the incubators of public policy. It should be common sense that the national government be forced to balance its budget each year and that Congress be subject to term limits.
You can find out more about this growing movement by visiting http://www.conventionofstates.com.