At a time where the duplicity of a dysfunctional congress is at its most repugnant in history, it is important we remember one of the most powerful tools at our disposal — our State Legislatures.
It is not just wise, it is more prudent than ever to connect with them and remain engaged in constructive dialogue. I believe it is also important to remind them of the reverence and obligation of their power as proven throughout history. Below is the text of one of the letters I recently sent to my local representative to the Wisconsin State Assembly.
Dear Assemblywoman Rodriguez:
I am writing to you as a concerned citizen and constituent, who eagerly voted for you.
I am writing to you as a proud veteran, who was honorably discharged and remains loyal to the oath he swore.
But mostly, I am writing to you as a father who is increasingly worried about the outlook of our constitutional republic for his daughter’s future.
Our brilliant United States Constitution was borne out of debates conducted during the most turbulent time in our country’s history. Those debates brought together delegates from each of the states, in order to assert not only the function of a newly-formed government but also — and more importantly — the individual civil liberties of all American citizens. In fact, the Constitution would never have been ratified if it weren’t for the demands by the state-centered anti-federalists that the document be immediately amended to include our Bill of Rights.
All of that was eventually sprung from the Intolerable Acts of 1774, a series of actions by the British crown that were a tyrannical overreach of power meant to punish the entirety of the colonies for the actions of a few rebels who participated in the Boston Tea Party. Early Americans had their movement and ability to communicate restricted; they had their self-governance removed; and, they saw the militarization of cities across each of the 13 colonies.
Through much bloodshed, we would eventually be saved by heroes and statesmen whose vision for the preservation and perpetuation of our most basic liberties would squash and outlive tyranny.
I fear there are many in our country who believe we are rapidly approaching a similar culmination, if our most powerful asset — our state legislatures — do not seize the moment to assert their collective power to again stand up to a self-righteous bully that seeks to oppress by proxy of a mighty federalist fist. A group of federal bureaucrats who are detached from their citizens, enabled by propagandist in the media, and cowards to the oppressive censorship of authoritarian technocrats that control our internet and social media communications.
Conservatives are being pushed underground. Not since the days of General Washington’s spies in the Culper Ring, have America’s most loyal citizens felt compelled to communicate in alternative ways out of fear for their personal and professional safety. Our country cannot sustain a sociopolitical environment where one set of ideas is free to be spoken, but another set of ideas is persecuted by the collusive and duplicitous arm of Machiavellian Democrats and their intolerant ilk. It is a dangerous precedent that has clear implications as shown throughout our own United States history and the history of the world.
Americans have shed blood in foreign lands for centuries, in the name of liberating the oppressed. We now find ourselves subjugated to the same type of oppression.
I implore you to join with your conservative colleagues in the State Legislature to stand up to the tyrants in Washington DC and in the media. I implore you to send a strong message to both groups, and to the enablers of big tech censorship that their behavior is neither righteous nor sustainable. I beg of you, as my voice, to begin discussions about a Convention of the States, and to remind the propagators of irresponsible rhetoric in Washington DC that the states enjoy that Article V power and will not be deterred from exercising it should the substantial overreach and negligence of the federal government continue.
There is no harm in asserting the capability of those powers, or in the preparation to exercise them. Conservatives enjoy a majority of State Legislatures. In fact, conservatives have control of both chambers in thirty of our fifty states. That is a significant majority, and only four away from being able to formally call a Convention of the States, in an effort to amend the Constitution and neuter the bureaucracy of a broken and dysfunctional, contentious United States Congress.
Wisconsin’s election laws need immediate address, as well. We need to require Voter ID, restrict absentee ballots, add chain-of-custody controls to ballots and tabulating mediums, and we need strong election oversight by the State Legislature. Before any of that, however, every citizen needs to be able to express themselves according to our First Amendment rights — freely and without infringement or censorship, and especially without persecution or retribution for conflicting ideals.
America’s Founding Fathers were astute and conscientious students of history. They wove that knowledge into the tools we would need to combat history’s overt failures. This is now your chance to exercise the same profound judgment of history, with equivocal resolve and foresight that our most basic liberties survive our current schism in American history.