WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896

Constitutional convention may rein in big government

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Our Founding Fathers were ingenious individuals in drafting the documents that separated us from Great Britain.

The Declaration of Independence spelled out our grievances. The Articles of Confederation established a governing body in the Continental Congress with most if not all power left to the individual state. Due to the inadequacies of the Articles of Confederation, our Founding Fathers developed the U.S. Constitution that has been in effect since 1789.

Today there are many in the United States who believe our federal government is committing many of the same grievances that our Founding Fathers outlined in our Declaration of Independence against Great Britain. Our federal government has usurped the states’ rights in many cases. The federal government has become overbearing in taxation. The federal government has become overbearing with its laws and regulations placing an undue hardship on the citizens of the United States.

It is not only all the branches of government that have exceeded the authority of the U.S. Constitution. The citizens have demanded the excess taxation and overburdening laws accompanied by the exorbitant number of regulations which are far beyond the constitutional limits of the federal government. These demands have steadily increased since the “Great Society” of the 1960s.

In 1961 we had an exceptional leader accept the Presidency of the United States. That leader was John Fitzgerald Kennedy. In President Kennedy’s inaugural address he asked a very simple question, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” It is apparent that many citizens have turned that statement on its head.

Demands for social programs not covered by the U.S. Constitution are about to wreck and bankrupt this nation. The overburdening of the U.S. taxpayer are about to reach a breaking point and may call for a constitutional convention to end many of the socialist programs instituted since the 1930s!

Ray Shamlin
Rocky Mount

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