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Americans don't trust the federal government, so why does it continue to expand?

A Fox News poll released this week found that a full 61% of Americans do not trust the federal government, compared to only 36% that do.

Sixty-one percent is among the highest numbers recorded in that category since Fox started asking the question in 2002. The huge majority of Americans that distrust the federal government may come as no surprise. Federal officials from both sides of the aisle have alienated the average American and impeded upon the freedoms of their constituents.

What may be more surprising is that -- despite the growing distrust -- the federal government has continued to expand. The national debt topped $19 trillion this year, and no one in D.C. has a plan to slow down the expansion. President Obama has introduced 184 new major regulations since he took office, and the Heritage Foundation reports that there are "scores of other rules in the pipeline." Washington has tightened its hold on healthcare, education, agriculture, and myriad additional facets of American life.

If Americans don't trust the federal government, why do they let it gain power and size?

The simple answer is, they don't. Officials in Washington, D.C., will never limit their own power, cap their own spending, or remove themselves from office, and American citizens have little recourse against the federal behemoth.

They've had little recourse, that is, until now. There is a way We the People can restore the balance of power between the people and D.C., and limit Washington's ability to control American citizens.

The process is found in Article V of the Constitution, which describes a way state legislatures can call a convention for the purpose of proposing constitutional amendments. At this convention -- called a Convention of States -- delegates propose amendments to the Constitution that fall into one of three categories: 1) limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, 2) mandate term limits for federal officials, and 3) impose financial restraints on Congress.

Amendments in any of these three categories would go a long way towards controlling an out-of-control federal government and restoring Americans’ faith in their federal officials.