RUBY — George Mason is commonly known as the “Father of the Bill of Rights.” As a delegate from Virginia to the United States Constitutional Convention, Mason was a staunch proponent for individual liberties to be included in the Constitution.
He believed the federal government should be limited in power and the states should have the ability to govern themselves. Mason foresaw a time when a strong central government would abuse its power, and Chesterfield County Republican Party leaders say history has proven him correct.
Mason was instrumental in fashioning Article V of the Constitution, which the county GOP says provides a way to correct this abuse. The local party’s recent guest speaker, South Carolina’s Convention of States legislative liaison Claude O’Donavan, helped explain the growing movement to engage this process.
An Aiken resident via California and Alaska, O’Donavan’s presentation proved to be informative. He reviewed some of the realities facing our nation including massive debt, the loss of individual liberties and the overall weakening of national sovereignty, according to the county GOP.
“United States citizens are subject to over ‘300,000 and growing’ federal regulations that are jailable offenses,” O’Donavan said. “Federal agencies are routinely showing up at industry’s door with back-breaking, previously unknown new rules. Some of these are legislative but many are fabricated by career bureaucrats and our country’s economy is being drastically damaged by many of these unneeded, oppressive burdens.
“The executive and judiciary branches have continuously extended their grasp while the third branch of government and the one closest to ‘We the People,’ Congress, has shown a growing reluctance to use its constitutionally authorized authority to rein in these destructive excesses.”
O’Donavan said the Founding Fathers did not intend for the freedom that they had fought so hard for and that so many Patriots had died for to be subjected to the kind of repression Americans now face. He explained the process of making a Convention of States a reality.
With a rapidly growing list of respected constitutional legal scholars, statesmen and American citizens supporting and working toward an Article V Convention, county GOP officials said it looks hopeful that within the next 24 months it may be possible to actually convene and act on George Mason’s vision.
“This convention will have the sole purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government by proposing amendments that impose fiscal restraints and term limits for officials and congressional members,” O’Donavan explained.
For further information, visit www.conventionofstates.com.
The next scheduled meeting of the Chesterfield County Republican Party will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Ruby Town Center. The public is invited to attend.