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  • Writer's pictureKim McGahey

Coastal Common Sense

Our liberal federal government in Washington, D.C. is a mess. Polls show approval for the current administration and the U.S. Congress are lower than the past 50 years. The average American has little confidence in and even less respect for our elected officials. Why this pervasive lack of enthusiasm for our representatives? The word is selfishness.

Selfishness on the part of politicians, not on the part of the voters. American citizens have every right to demand that their elected representatives work for them. The reps are supposed to serve the best interests of we the people. Yet that rarely seems to be the case.

More often than not, our elected politicians are making decisions and casting votes based on what's best for their desired selfish outcomes. And that usually means what's best for their reelection.

So many of our problems in government, and consequently in our culture, stem from a callous lack of accountability for our needs by our politicians. E.g. they claim to support a bill that helps domestic farmers be more productive, but then hidden deep in that bill are three other unrelated programs that fund climate change, no-work welfare expansion and increased open border services.

The publicized intent of the farm bill was the prize the politicians promote in front of TV cameras, but the undisclosed underlying parts of the bill are what get them political contributions and broader voter appeal among their favored interest groups.

It's a shell game they constantly play in order to minimize our personal interest and maximize their political fortunes. And it results in know-nothings like Joe Biden being a U.S. Senator for 47 years while accomplishing little but being re-elected every six years for decades.

Likewise with most of his colleagues, despite their oath of office to serve their constituencies, whose only desire is to stay in office as long as their self-serving lies allow. If that means pulling the perennial wool over the voters' eyes, then so be it.

This electoral folly must end and the solution is, luckily, already in progress. The Founding Fathers in their infinite wisdom established the methodology required to amend the U.S. Constitution which has already been accomplished 27 times since 1779. In fact, there are two ways to make amendments to the Constitution. One is via a vote of Congress and the other is through a convention of state legislatures.

When seeking the solution for the aforementioned selfishness problem, we cannot realistically expect the members of Congress to pass an amendment authorizing Term Limits for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Under no circumstances would they vote to restrict their own gravy train.

So, the solution of Term Limits for all members of Congress must be derived from the state legislatures as authorized in Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution which reads, "...on the application of the legislatures of 2/3 of the several states, Congress shall call a convention for proposing amendments..." and made part of the Constitution, "... when ratified by the legislatures of 3/4 of the several states...". 34 state legislatures must propose and 38 state legislatures must ratify a Term Limits Amendment. So far 19 state legislatures have approved this critical Convention of States amendment.

Article 5 of the Constitution empowers the states to hold a Convention of States (COS) to propose constitutional amendments to limit federal power, spending and regulations. Don't allow unelected bureaucrats and selfish politicians to strip we the people of our rightful decision-making authority.

Contact: or 540-441-7227 today to find out more about the proven process for Term Limits for Congress through the Convention of States.


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