Who decides? The American people or the federal government? It’s a simple question, but the answer could alter the future of our country for generations to come.
Now a new poll from Gallup has revealed how our nation might decide to answer that question. The survey found that 55% of Americans prefer to empower state governments, while only 37% want power to be concentrated in D.C. Americans, it seems, prefer to decentralize power rather than allow their “leaders” in Washington to make decisions for them.
It makes sense. State governments -- by virtue of their geographic location and accessible representatives -- are far easier to hold accountable than the all-powerful machine far away in Washington. Concentrating power at the state level would empower ordinary American citizens to determine the laws under which they will live.
But the American people are more than just talk. Hundreds of thousands of citizens have joined the Convention of States Project, a national movement seeking to call a Convention of States for the purpose of limiting the power of the federal government. A Convention of States -- called under Article V of the U.S. Constitution -- can propose constitutional amendments that effectively decentralize power and return it back to where it belongs: with the people and the states.