The Shutdown is Over. Now What? Nancy French October 17, 2013 Mark Wohlschlegel II The shutdown is over, but the problems with the federal government remain. I don’t know about you, but this fiasco has left me with a bad taste in my mouth. If this isn’t proof that Washington, D.C., is broken, I don’t know what is. Progressives—those who seek the expansion of federal power—won the day, and conservatives seemed powerless to stop them. The Republicans put up a good fight, but they caved in the end, and I can’t say I’m surprised. Conservatives have been losing this war for decades. The federal government has continued to expand, continued to abuse its power, and continued to run roughshod over the states. Obviously, Washington will never fix itself. If you feel like me, you’re not alone. I’ve spoken to folks from California to Texas to Massachusetts, and we’re all frustrated. We’re tired of Washington ignoring us. We’re tired of watching our freedoms slip away. We’re tired of the horse and pony show in D.C. We’re tired of Republicans, and we’re tired of Democrats. I’ve lost hope that Washington will fix itself, but I haven’t lost hope in you, the people. You, the people, can fix this nation. Article V allows us—through our state legislatures—to place limits on Washington. The Founders wrote Article V for us. It was written so the people could have a tool if the federal government ever abused its power. And with the Convention of States Project gaining momentum, we have a fighting chance. We’ll have to work together, and we’ll have to work hard. The Founders gave us a tool to fix Washington; we must use it. If you want to help, visit our website and sign up! We’re still looking for leaders and volunteers (you can find more info under the Take Action tab). We’d be happy to talk to you.