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New poll: Half of all Americans believe D.C. is an "immediate threat"

A new Gallup poll released yesterday found that nearly half of all Americans -- 49% --say the federal government poses "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens." That’s a 19% increase from when this question was first asked in 2003, at which point only 30% of Americans held this view.

According to the poll, the four most common answers when asked why the feds pose a threat were 1) the federal government is too big (19%), 2) violations of civil liberties (15%), 3) violations of the 2nd Amendment (12%), and 4) too much involvement in people's private lives (10%).

The overreach and abuse of the federal government -- present for many years underneath the surface -- has boiled over in the last 15 years, and the American people are taking notice. And, as they’ve done since the founding, they’re fighting back.

An Article V Convention of States is the most effective, most permanent means of scaling back the federal government and restoring the balance of power between the states and D.C. Constitutional amendments proposed at such a convention could permanently shrink the jurisdiction of the federal government, force Congress to balance the budget, and impose term limits on federal officials.

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