States must limit powers of federal government

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

The federal government is out of control and out of touch with the citizenry. As the state legis-lators at the recent Mt. Vernon Assembly realized, Washington’s abuse of power — instigated by both Republicans and Demo-crats — must come to an end before it’s too late.

The $17 trillion national debt is just one example of this abuse. Our children and grandchildren will pay for Washington’s spend-ing 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 represent-ation!”

Fortunately, when the national government becomes drunk with power, the states possess the authority to reorganize the government in a manner that preserves liberty. Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows states to call a convention for the purpose of proposing amend-ments 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 U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations.

Citizens for Self-Government has started the Convention of States Project to urge state legislators to call a Convention of States. To get involved, visit our website,, and our Facebook page, can also contact the Kansas Convention of States leadership at

We are approaching a cross-roads. One path leads to the escalating power of an irrespon-sible centralized government, ultimately resulting in the financial ruin of generations of Americans. The other path leads to freedom and the chance to once again be proud of these United States. Which will we choose.

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

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