Dear editor, 

 “We the People of the United States” granted power to the federal government through our Constitution “in Order to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence [sic], promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” – The Preamble 

Since the power to govern flows directly from ourselves, “We the People” have an obligation to be informed and active regarding the actions of our government. Failing to do so acquiesces to governmental tyranny and corruption. 

“We in America do not have government by the majority – we have government by the majority who participate … All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Thomas Jefferson

Article V of The Constitution of the United States says: “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two-thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof …”

The Founding Fathers knew the Constitution might have to change. For this reason, they provided two ways Constitutional amendments can be proposed and ratified: first, through Congress and second, through the States. 

Historically, all amendments to The Constitution have been proposed through Congress.  However, office holders are understandably reluctant to limit their own power. This is precisely why there are two paths to amend the Constitution. The second path -amendments through the convention of states- assumes that elected federal officials do not align themselves with the will of the people. People of good conscience must break their silence by actively participating in and being educated about self-governance. 

Citizens for Self-Governance is a national organization that started a project to bring about the limitation of federal authority. The Convention of States Project has formed state leadership teams to energize citizens at the state level and the state of Missouri has a leadership team in place to spearhead this movement. To get involved visit our website ( and our Facebook page ( 

Yours in Liberty,

Meredith Morrow Illa

District Captain for 

Missouri House Dist. 5 

Convention of States Project