Congress may have a deficit of leadership, but there is a growing movement in the state legislatures to restore the balance of power in America.
One of the leaders who has emerged is Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory. A strong advocate of American Lands Council and Convention of States Project, Ivory gave an impassioned speech before about 150 of his colleagues from across the country.
“Leaders stepped up to establish an experiment in liberty, in self government, in self-determination,” Ivory said. “And among those leaders, there were leaders. There were doubts and there were risks…and yet the leaders among leaders understood it was a wonderful time to be alive. Be leaders among leaders.”
At an event where Convention of States Project unveiled a draft of the rules for a future Article V convention, Ivory urged his fellow legislators to pursue such a convention to limit the power of the federal government. More than 200 current legislators have joined the COS Caucus since his speech.
“This is not a time to hold our peace,” said Ivory. “We have this power afforded to us constitutionally. We’ve been give a tool in Article V where they understood that power would continue to centralize, and they gave the states the power to pull that descend out.”
Ivory compared the current crisis to what the Founding Fathers faced when they sought to establish a new nation.
“We see a nation that’s in trouble, and it’s ominous,” Ivory admitted. “But as Ronald Reagan said, ‘It’s a wonderful time to be alive. We’re lucky not to live in pale and timid times.’”
In its second year the Convention of States resolution has about 200,000 grassroots supporters and legislative sponsors in 40 states. Four states have ratified the resolution, and 10 other states have passed the legislation through one chamber.