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As a delegate to the recent Republican Convention I was also a member of the resolutions committee.

One of the resolutions adopted was to support a federal convention of the states/constitutional convention (con-con), for the purpose of proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget.

Rep. Jim Kasper gave a detailed explanation of what would take place at that convention and how there are safeguards in place to prevent it from being a runaway convention. Kasper only succeeded in convincing me of the need for legislative term limits.

There has never been another constitutional convention called since the first one when the Constitution we now have was written. They made provisions for calling future conventions of the states for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. The convention could only propose amendments, but the voters would have to ratify the proposed amendments. It would require 34 or two-thirds of the states to propose an amendment. It would then require the voters of 38 or three-fourths of the states to ratify an amendment.

There are several of us who believe that there aren’t sufficient safeguards built into the process to keep it from being a runaway convention. I don’t think that our Founding Fathers in their wildest dreams could envision the forces of evil that we are currently contending with. If they could come back and see what is happening in this country, they would be heartsick.

So how would they balance the federal budget? Cut spending or raise taxes so high that we would all have to go on welfare. We would then become a total socialist state.

So what is the answer? Drain the entire congressional swamp, except for a few. Get rid of politicians and replace them with good businesspeople.

Ralph Muecke, Gladstone

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