Oklahoma state representative: Use Article V powers to address federal debt
BY STATE REP. GARY BANZ
Federalism is defined as the division of power between a strong central government and equally strong regional governments called states. Nowhere is that principle displayed more prominently than in the language of Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
Article V gives Congress and the states the authority to propose amendments. The ideal balance between central and regional governments has been replaced with an overbearing, out-of-control, runaway national government at the expense of the states. It’s the state of affairs that George Mason and other Framers of the Constitution feared might happen. It’s why they insisted that language of the Constitution include a provision giving state legislatures equal standing with Congress to propose amendments that would hold an unresponsive Congress accountable.
When you travel with directions from a GPS and make a wrong turn, you’re immediately notified that the system is “recalculating.” The Constitution gives us GPS directions. Article V gives us the option to recalculate. Have we made a wrong turn as a nation? Have we drifted from the original intent of the Framers? Have we incrementally allowed the federal government to grow at the expense of the states? Allowing the fear of the unknown to maintain the status quo is not an option we can afford to embrace.