Powering up the states

Frustrated with government inaction, citizens turn to grassroots means to change policy

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You could say that Rob Nordan and Dora Bush are do-it-yourselfers.

They don’t know each other. Mr. Nordan lives in Appling, and Mrs. Bush lives in Aiken, S.C. But they’re both pitching in on an enormous do-it-yourself project.

They want to fix the government.

They are just two area participants in a growing movement to stop what more people see in crystal clarity as the runaway power of the federal government.

The project is called the Convention of States, and its goal is to harness power at the grassroots level to urge enough states to call a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution.

Article V of the Constitution spells out two ways you can propose a constitutional amendment – a two-thirds majority of Congress can call for it, or a two-thirds majority of all state legislatures can call for a convention. If either method settles on an amendment, three-fourths of the states have to ratify it for it to become law.

You think Congress could pull that off right now? Fat chance. The House and Senate are just days away from a recess to wrap up a year in which, at this writing, they have passed a paltry 55 laws. To put that into perspective, the 1948 Congress that President Truman dubbed the “Do-Nothing Congress” passed 511 laws.

The 2013 Congress apparently passed a law naming the Interstate 70 bridge in St. Louis for baseball legend Stan Musial. It passed a law approving extra parking at the South Dakota Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. But it has neither the inclination nor the ability to act to change the federal government’s increasingly wasteful, overreaching habits.

“From my standpoint, it doesn’t have anything to do with political parties,” Mr. Nordan explained. “It has more to do with what I feel like has become a real departure of our country from our beginnings. I was a little bit frustrated with Republicans and Democrats about all the messes and problems we find ourselves in now.”

Mr. Nordan aired his frustrations through social media, on a Facebook post, asking if an organization existed that could get elected officials’ attention about the direction in which our country is headed. A respondent recommended the Convention of States.

Mrs. Bush first learned of the convention after watching an interview with Michael Farris, the head of the project, on the cable-TV news and events show hosted by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. “And I got so excited because I thought, ‘That is something that I, an average citizen, can work with my state legislature to do,’ ” she said.

That was earlier this year, and the work seems to be paying off. South Carolina state Rep. Bill Taylor, an Aiken Republican, pre-filed a bill in the legislature Dec. 3 calling for a convention of states. Similar paperwork has been filed in Virginia.

“Washington will never limit its own power,” Taylor said. “They’ll never pass amendments to balance the budget, put term limits on themselves or give the states their rightful constitutional authority.”

The organization’s goal is to
introduce “a package of amendments” to address the problems that Washington, D.C., won’t. High on the group’s agenda is a balanced budget amendment.

Americans are starving for solutions to their nation’s problems. But since dysfunctional leadership is one of the problems, citizen-driven efforts may well offer the best hope of empowerment to people who don’t want to see the America they remember slip away.

“We’ve got some serious problems right now in our country, and if they’re not addressed soon, we’ll be talking about our country as past history, not as living history,” Mr. Nordan said. “I think its time for the regular folks to send a strong message. Yes, we can be involved in elections and yes, we can vote, but I see this as a much larger thing. I see this as a way to perhaps preserve the republic. And I don’t see that coming from any other direction.”

No. But it’s coming from where it needs to come from.

We the people.

(The organization’s website is www.conventionofstates.com.)

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teaparty
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teaparty 12/08/13 - 07:39 pm
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dahreese, how about all
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dahreese, how about all contributions the community organizer received in 08 from foreign countries? The Marxists and communists that are running the democrat party will DO ANY THING TO ACHIEVE THEIR OBJECTIVE.

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robert2410 12/08/13 - 07:45 pm
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Recession: Your neighbor
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Recession: Your neighbor loses his job
Depression: You lose your job
Recovery: Obama and the dems lose their job

carcraft
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carcraft 12/08/13 - 08:16 pm
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Dahreese still hasn't

Dahreese still hasn't answered my question about Pilosi and Reid passing Obama care with out one Republican vote. Where was their wisdom from experience in that? Where is Feuds wisdom from experience in changing Senate rules

carcraft
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carcraft 12/08/13 - 08:19 pm
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Should read "Reid's "

Should read "Reid's " experiance.

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carcraft 12/08/13 - 08:19 pm
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Should read "Reid's "

Should read "Reid's " experiance.

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dahreese 12/08/13 - 11:27 pm
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"Dahreese still hasn't
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"Dahreese still hasn't answered my question about Pilosi and Reid passing Obama care with out one Republican vote. Where was their wisdom from experience in that?"

I'm not discussing a neighborhood checker game.

I'm talking about world wide chess.

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carcraft 12/09/13 - 07:52 am
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OH WOW You leveled me with

OH WOW You leveled me with your deep Intellectual retort! Still haven't answered the question . One of the editorials in today's paper answers my question quit well!

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dahreese 12/09/13 - 12:20 pm
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Good for you.You wouldn't be
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Good for you.

You wouldn't be satisfied with any answer I gave you, anyway.

If the answers to our problems were as simple as conservatives think, we wouldn’t have any problems.

For example, State Insurance Commissioner, Ralph Hudgens and his explanation of “pre-existing conditions.”

Isn’t he from your area?

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carcraft 12/09/13 - 12:47 pm
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Dahreese, you are the one

Dahreese, you are the one that was against term limits and you felt legislative experience ,that was important to sound legislative deliberation ,would be lost. I simply pointed out the flaw in this line of reasoning on that two very experienced legislators, Pilose and Reid blundered in not waiting or working to get a bipartisan bill. The editorial in today's paper explains why along with the other problems Obama Care has this single act by such experienced legislatures may provide even more difficulty to this already flawed law!

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teaparty 12/09/13 - 12:49 pm
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"If the answers to our
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"If the answers to our problems were as simple as conservatives think, we wouldn’t have any problems."
You are correct. Most of our problems are caused by liberals and it is not 'simple' to get rid of them. It is against the law to shoot them although I don't understand why.

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dahreese 12/09/13 - 01:09 pm
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I'm sure you've heard this
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I'm sure you've heard this before, but "those who are unaware of history are condemned to repeat it."

Wisdom doesn't always come with age, but it doesn't come without experience, which newcomers will not have (necessarily).

If you want to change government, spending limits on campaigns is a better answer than term limits.

As I've said before, if one man has ten dollars to contribute to a politician and three other men do not have ten dollars between them, if the politician wants to remain elected (and how often do we see one that doesn't?) guess who he's going to listen to....

And isn't that what we see, especially when the interests of big corporations vs the people, the environment, are concerned?

Let's see if the AC ever comes up with an editorial about that?

The Morris Multi Media isn't about to let that happen.

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teaparty 12/09/13 - 04:30 pm
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"I'm sure you've heard this
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"I'm sure you've heard this before, but "those who are unaware of history are condemned to repeat it."
dahreese, you are correct and we are following in the footsteps of Venezuela. We have a Marxist/communist for a president that thinks he is a dictator.

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dahreese 12/09/13 - 04:50 pm
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Leave it to the tea party to
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Leave it to the tea party to NO the sordid world history of his own country.

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carcraft 12/09/13 - 05:31 pm
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Dahreese, touting experience

Dahreese, touting experience as a source of wisdom and look who you put into the White House. Obama , state Senator and less than one term as a US Senator from Illinois. Community organizer, and minor lawyer. That's it! Never ran any thing, no executive experience, NOTHING
!! Palin had far more executive experience. Mayor, member of Alaska's board of natural resources, Governor and she helped build the family business from nothing to one worth millions! LOL we end up with blunder man. Quote " insurance is difficult". Bwahahaha

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carcraft 12/09/13 - 05:57 pm
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Oh but Palin wasn't running

Oh but Palin wasn't running against Obama, McCain was, now there is a ton of experience!

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dahreese 12/09/13 - 06:12 pm
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Would it be asking too much
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Would it be asking too much of you folks to reveal some sources of your "information"; books you read, papers you read, online sources you read, t.v. pop news shows you watch....personalities you follow....

Just where? and from whom" do you get your stuff...?

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teaparty 12/09/13 - 07:51 pm
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"Would it be asking too much
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"Would it be asking too much of you folks to reveal some sources of your "information"; books you read, papers you read, online sources you read, t.v. pop news shows you watch....personalities you follow.."
Where/when did I learn that Obama was a Marxist/communist? By reading his books, listening to what he said and by looking at the people he hung out with. It is pretty simple if you have not been brainwashed by the Marxist, communist and blacks leaders that are running the democrat party.

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dahreese 12/09/13 - 07:52 pm
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"...blacks leaders that are
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"...blacks leaders that are running the democrat party."

That's an ignorant remark.

Maybe some other folks on here will take you seriously.

I'll look else where.

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teaparty 12/09/13 - 08:26 pm
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"...blacks leaders that are
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"...blacks leaders that are running the democrat party."
dahreese, the black leaders are just few of the Marxists and communists that are running the democrat party. I guess you do not call the 1/2 white & 1/2 black president a black leader?

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carcraft 12/09/13 - 08:27 pm
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Dahreese, there is a "and "

Dahreese, there is a "and " Connecting marxists, communists AND blacks leaders. Makes sense to me!

LogicGoesBoom
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LogicGoesBoom 12/09/13 - 08:44 pm
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Clearly....

....all comments have shown exactly how non-partisan of a solution this is.

Meanwhile, as all the lemmings sing harmoniously as they open Pandora's box......

teaparty
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teaparty 12/09/13 - 08:58 pm
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"...blacks leaders that are
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"...blacks leaders that are running the democrat party."
dahreese, in the 60s & 70s the communist party recruited young, dumb white girls with low morals to seduce black men into joining the communist party.

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dahreese 12/09/13 - 09:08 pm
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"Makes sense to me!" I'm not
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"Makes sense to me!"

I'm not surprised.

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KasparHauser 12/13/13 - 01:21 pm
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Yeah, right...
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Unfortunately, the "America they remember" never existed except with a lot that was not good. For example, the America They Remember, ATR, did not contain minorities with an actual voice in making the government work for THEM, TOO. Are the Lawrence Welk crowd intent on somehow eliminating those new, more vocal minorities aside from the way the Greedy Old Party wants to disenfranchise them, or is that the ATR Crowds modus operandi?

Long live change, which is more than the ATR Crowd can look forward to from their retirement home picture windows. I'd say the train is leaving them at the station, but it never stops for anyone; it's just a never-ending roller coaster. So, hang on and enjoy the ride, of please bail out and we won't have to listen to your whining anymore.

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