David Weigel has a great piece in the Washington Post about how state legislators are quietly — hey, maybe not so quietly — planning to limit the power, scope, and jurisdiction of the federal government.  He writes:

Jim DeMint brought bad news from Washington. Republicans run every branch of the government, but it was “no longer possible for the federal government to avoid a disaster.” Members of Congress, like he once was, are not able to deliver fully on their promises.

“We have accomplished little more than to slow the growth of spending, slow the growth of debt, slow the growth of regulations,” the former senator from South Carolina told a breakfast audience at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s policy conference on Thursday. “It’s very unlikely, after all the promises, that we’re going to repeal Obamacare and eliminate the federal control of health care.”

For members of ALEC, a 45-year-old think tank that helps state legislators craft libertarian-leaning policy, this wasn’t news. Six months into Donald Trump’s presidency, little of his agenda has made it through Congress. Medicaid has not been transformed into a block-grant program. Tax reform keeps sliding down the calendar. In February, Trump proposed an ambitious school voucher program; last week, the Republican-controlled Senate quietly smothered it.

He also reported on our Article V break out sessions:

… legislators filling rooms past capacity before one-on-one sessions with DeMint, former Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn or Citizens for Self­Governance President Mark Meckler. “If you were not already convinced that D.C. will never fix itself, this week should have convinced you,” Meckler said at one session.

Lastly, he mentioned the hesitance some people feel over an Article V convention…  and Sen. Coburn’s no-nonsense response to one legislator.

At one crowded session, De­Mint and Coburn found themselves reassuring legislators, who worried they’d be accused of plotting “runaway conventions,” telling them to insist that truly bad ideas couldn’t get the supermajorities to pass.

“You gotta get over it,” Coburn told one skittish legislator. “Are you just going to let us fall like every other republic?”

I’m glad there are patriots like Sen. Coburn and Sen. DeMint who are willing to fight this battle.

Read the rest of it here.

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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 MarkMeckler.com, 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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