To the Editor:
Many of us in St. Charles County are convinced that the federal government, over several decades, has expanded its authority and control of citizens’ lives in many ways. In recent years this trend has increased its scope.
It seems to me, and many others, that the federal government – all branches – is very unlikely to begin reducing its influence and control on the populace. While we might make some small inroads into correcting this dilemma – even if some significant number of more conservative representatives and senators are elected – the very same dynamics we currently have can return.
One possible way to begin the process of limiting government, and perhaps the only peaceful way remaining, is to begin utilizing Article V of the U.S. Constitution. I must admit ignorance of this article until recently, although I’m sure I read it as a youngster in school.
I won’t presume to describe it in detail, but in summary it allows what is called a Convention of States to propose amendments to the Constitution. Each state legislature can send a representative or representatives to the Convention, and each state can limit the areas that the representative can address. Two-thirds of the states must agree to place any amendment before the states for passage, and three-fourths of all states must approve any amendment for it to become law.
Ten states have filed or pre-filed applications in their legislatures to pursue this action, and Missouri has become the latest – so there is movement in this arena. In Missouri, this is HCR 41.
I would encourage everyone to become familiar with this process and contact their state representatives and senators to support the process.
Good places to begin the learning process is by visiting conventionofstates.com and obtaining a copy of Mark Levin’s excellent book “The Liberty Amendments.”
Article V was placed in the Constitution as a mechanism to help citizens control a federal government that has become focused on preserving itself and its members, rather than protecting the constitutional rights of its citizens.
In my case, I have repeatedly contacted Sen. Rupp and Rep. Gatschenberger asking for their opinions, but neither has responded. Perhaps with greater input these and other representatives and senators will support limiting the powers of the federal government to more reasonable and constitutional levels.