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Convention of States - The Greatest Bipartisan Movement of the Century
John Green 10/1/2021 6:01 AM


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When we look past our current polarized political environment, we can see that Americans across the political spectrum still share key objectives. We all want to have a say in how we are governed. We want our families to thrive, and we want to secure a bright future for our children. For these reasons, the convention of states movement enjoys broad bipartisan support.

Gerrymandering has given us career politicians who have little interest in acting on our priorities. An out-of-control permanent bureaucracy is feverishly generating regulations which stifle economic growth and its resultant job opportunities. Runaway government spending threatens to saddle our children with crushing debt and inflation. The time is now, to hold a convention of states addressing these issues. That reality is quickly being recognized by Americans of all political persuasions.

Recent polling shows that a convention of states is supported by 75% of Republican voters, 55% of Democrat voters, and 64% of voters with other affiliations. Is there any other political initiative of the 21st century that enjoys such broad support?

This support has enabled the Convention of States Action (COSA) organization to make substantial progress towards triggering a convention to address:

  • Term limits
  • Fiscal constraint
  • Constraints against government overreach

The US Congress is required to call a convention once 34 states have passed resolutions agreeing on the need and the scope of a convention. 

Fifteen states have already passed a convention of states resolution in both chambers of their state legislature. These states are:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

Eight other states are halfway there, having passed the resolution in one of their two legislative chambers. These are:

  • Iowa
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Nine more states are well on their way with active legislation pending this year. They are:

  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Washington

This works out to whopping 65% support among all Americans! Of the 32 states marching towards a convention of states resolution, 8 are Democrat in their political affiliation, and 24 are republican in theirs. Rarely, in recent history, have we seen a movement with this level of support. A convention of states has broad support and is well on its way to being a reality.

 

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John Green
John Green is a retired engineer and a graduate of Purdue University. Much of his career was spent in the field of military weapon systems development. When it comes to defense systems acquisition, he has seen how the sausage is made. His work has included product design, quality assurance, engineering management, organizational development, and corporate strategic planning. John and his wife left Minnesota for political reasons. They now reside in free Idaho, where he spends his time writing political and social commentary. Much of John's work is considered satire, but he claims that is only because our current political leadership has given him no choice.




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