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Ken Lucier, Moorhead, Published January 11 2014

Letter: Sovereign US states must act

The power of the three branches of the federal government is out of control and rapidly escalating. I strongly agree with Cal Thomas’ recently published op-ed assessment in The Forum endorsing the current need for the states to employ their constitutional authority under Article V to convene a convention to propose amendments to more strictly limit the jurisdiction of the feds.

State legislators representing more than 30 states recently met at Mount Vernon to discuss employing this solution, as the feds clearly have no intention of self-relinquishing from their abuses. The fox will never mend the chicken coop. It must be done by the coop creators (the sovereign states).

In 2012, North Dakota applied for a National Debt Relief Amendment via Article V. About 25 other states have applied for this, or a simple balanced budget amendment in recent years. The Constitution states two-thirds or 34 states must apply in order for a state convention to occur. This takes the three federal branches out of the equation, as the founders understood may be needed in abusive times like this. Many states are now considering applying for a more general convention for amendment proposals to limit and clarify federal jurisdiction herein granted by the states.

Fortunately, when the feds become drunk with power, Article V gives the authority to reorganize the power structure in a manner that preserves liberty and states’ rights, to stop the spending and debt spree, the power grabs of the unelected federal courts and more.

We are approaching a crossroads. One path leads to the escalating power of an irresponsible centralized government. The other leads to freedom from oligarchic tyranny. Which will we choose? Ask your state legislator to join this noble endeavor and save this nation from ultimate ruin on the current path.