New Poll Exposes the American Voting Paradox

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Ian Brzeski | @IanBrzeski

Nearly 70% of Americans believe the United States government purposefully withholds information from the public. In other words, almost 70% of Americans do not trust the government. Two-thirds of Americans do not know whether they believe what elected officials are saying or not, and the other third are either lying or missing something. Yet, well over a third of eligible voters still go out and cast their ballots every November. The results of this poll demonstrate a sort of voting paradox where people recognize the failures of voting in elected officials but continue to indulge in this extravagance.

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Candace Owens Supports a Flag Over the Constitution

Jack Parkos | @laissez_faire76

On Saturday, President Trump created a new controversy when he tweeted that it was a “no brainer” to have an amendment that would ban the burning of the American flag.

However, the situation got heated when conservative activist Candace Owens tweeted that she believed flag burning warrants a loss of citizenship.

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A Convention of the States Could Solve Our Problems

Garrett Summers | @g_summ300

Under Article V of the Constitution, the states have the power to call a Constitutional Convention to amend the Constitution. Two-thirds of state legislatures (34) must pass statements in support of a Constitutional Convention for the convention to be called. In the past, all Constitutional Conventions have been called for with one amendment in mind. Currently, the Convention of States Action Program is taking petitions to give to state legislatures to show public support for a Constitutional Convention, but no specific amendments are named. The movement wants the legislatures to create and draft these new amendments, with the only caveat being that they must limit the federal government’s power. The federal government will have no power over the convention, nor will it have any vote or say in the amendments up for debate. This allows the representatives that are closest to the people to propose amendments that are truly supported by the people.

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Give the States Some Teeth

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Think about powers reserved for the states, powers which the federal government in no way have. Can’t think of any? It is incredibly difficult to find many powers, much less any major ones, reserved for states exclusively.

This is all wrong. As a federalist country, separation of powers between the different levels of government is essential. Once upon a time it was true, but today the traditions of federalism are little more than theory. The federal government has expanded at an extraordinary rate, affecting nearly every part of our lives.

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