Former Senator Tom Coburn appeared on CNN’s New Day to explain clearly and succinctly what most Americans think is wrong with our country, and what should be done about it.

Appearing a day before the Republican debates would be hosted on CNN, he was sure to get questions about the candidates. Coburn explained one reason why he’s not energized by the campaigns so far — because most of the candidates are not talking about the real issues. “They’re wanting to get elected more than they’re wanting to fix the problems,” he said.

The only thing that will fix the real problems at this point is a Convention of States. The problems are much more systemic than a new executive leader. For one example, Coburn said, “Bureaucracies write most of the laws in this country, and they’re never held accountable by our elected representatives. That needs to change!”

Through a Convention of States, states can use their power given by the Constitution to rein in every part of an out-of-control federal government. For more explanation, watch Tom Coburn’s 8-minute segment.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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