This week I visited two very different groups of people to share the Convention of States Project: an AFSCME Rally in Chicago, and church group downstate. At the AFSCME Rally, some said I couldn't be trusted because I'm working with Republicans. The downstate folks were extremely skeptical that they would be able to find any common ground with Chicago Democrats.
This is exactly what those at the highest levels of power want: Americans distrustful of and bickering with each other instead of holding them accountable.
Here are a few things I've found that Illinoisans of all political persuasions can agree on:
- Federal officials should be prohibited from exempting themselves and their friends from the laws the rest of us must obey.
- Businesses should flourish because they offer a superior product or service, not because they have friends in Washington, D.C.
- Term limits are favored by large majorities of voters on both sides of the aisle.
- Something needs to be done about wasteful government spending, such as the Department of Agriculture paying $2 million to hire a single intern…and no one believes Congress is going to do anything about it any time soon.
The Founders deliberately made it difficult to amend the Constitution. They didn't want anything to be ratified unless it enjoyed the broad support of the American people. These are the kinds of commonsense reforms we're working for…ones that people across the political spectrum can get behind.
Let's stop fighting amongst ourselves and hold Washington accountable! Please sign the petition and invite your friends to join us at www.COSaction.com.