LETTER: Convention of States program can help re-establish limited government

Studying history, our Founding Fathers resolved that a republic best provided protection and preservation of God-given rights to life, individual liberty and private property. Nevertheless, they noted that republics can self-destruct.

Even before our Bill of Rights’ adoption, while meticulously constructing constitutional safeguards, the founders worried that flawed individuals’ hungering for power and control would endanger our republic, citizens’ liberty and citizen labor’s product.

According to notes by James Madison in 1787, George Mason advised:

“The plan now to be formed will certainly be defective, as the confederation has been found on trial to be. Amendments therefore will be necessary, and it will be better to provide for them, in any easy, regular and constitutional way, than to trust to chance and violence. It would be improper to require the consent of the Natl. Legislature, because they may abuse their power, and refuse their consent on that very account.”

Our founders specifically provided the Constitution’s Article V to peacefully preserve our freedom, Constitution and republic. Convention of States (COS) project proposes to reduce federal power and jurisdiction using Article V’s amendment process: a convention of two-thirds of states proposing amendments requiring three-quarters of state legislatures’ ratification.

Alone, the presidency lacks constitutional power to reverse our $19 trillion debt-ridden nation’s transformation. An unrestrained executive branch, Supreme Court, unelected administrative bureaucrats, feckless Congress, unprotected borders and weakened armed forces imperil America. Insufficient numbers of elected representatives protect God-given freedoms from internal and external aggression.

The Convention of States process can re-establish limited government. Research and support COS at www.conventionofstates.com.

Susan Shotthafer,

Port Angeles