At times like these it’s important to keep in mind that no matter who wins a presidential election, we the people will still have a fight on our hands.

The federal government is too big, too powerful, and has too much control over our daily lives. The deep state isn’t going anywhere. Executive, legislative and judicial overreach isn’t going anywhere.

That may not sound encouraging, but here’s the truth: We can limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.

Under Article V of the United States Constitution, the people and the states can call a convention of states for the purpose of proposing constitutional amendments. These amendments can limit federal power, restrict federal spending and impose term limits on federal officials.

Limitations on federal power might include amendments that shrink federal jurisdiction so that Congress can no longer take control of health care, energy or education. Term limits may include limiting members of Congress to only a few terms or forcing more turnover among the bureaucratic class. Restrictions on federal spending may include a balanced budget amendment along with spending limits and tax caps.

It takes 34 states (two-thirds) to call such a convention, and 15 have already signed the resolution. This year we plan on introducing the convention of states resolution in dozens of additional states and appealing to those legislators and citizens who are fed up with Washington’s overreach.

This presidential election is important, but it won’t address our country’s deepest problems. Only a convention of states can do that, and the Convention of States Project is the only nationwide grassroots movement working in all 50 states to call one. For information go online to

Mark Meckler serves as president of the Convention of States. Steve Duerr is a lawyer, four-decade resident of the Jackson Hole area and a volunteer for Convention of States. Guest Shots are solely the opinion of their authors.

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