A Convention of States

USAF Ret. Art Bedford to Address the Republican Party of Houston County

By Teresa Holloway

Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – On Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m., the Moosehead Cafe will host a seminar featuring retired Air Force Operative Art Bedford.

Bedford spent 39 years in the Air Force as a Communications Intelligence Collector and Analyst. He will address the Republican Party of Houston County on a few sensitive issues – namely the perceived overreach of the federal government.

Bedford’s speech will detail the effect of the lack of checks and balances on federal power and explain how “our children and grandchildren will inherit a bankrupt nation run by an unaccountable bureaucracy.”

His proposed solution is ‘as big as the problem’, according to his publications. “The solution: Article V of the United States Constitution allows us to call a Convention of States to restrict the power and jurisdiction of the federal government,” he said.

Bedford has been an activist in the nation since his retirement in 2005. He is a member of the Texas Border Volunteers since 2006, served as Chairman of Texans for Initiative and Referendum rights in 2008 and was a member of the National Tea Party Immigration Coalition in 2011.

Today, Bedford serves as the Regional Captain and spokesperson for what he considers “the most important project of our time, the Convention of States Project.”

The Citizens for Self Government organization launched the Convention of States project in Aug. 2014 for the sole purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, Bedford wrote.

“Our founding fathers gave us a way to stop our runaway federal government and they included it in Article V of our Constitution. It is the Convention of States. Article V authorizes state legislatures to call a convention to propose Amendments to the Constitution. If two-thirds of the states call for a convention for the same purposes, the Convention must be held,” he explained.

Republican Chairperson Joni Klontz agreed. “I believe as Americans, we should become more informed about what is happening around us. We may think we know what is happening in Washington, or that it won’t affect us, but that is not true. It will and does have an effect.”

“It seems some elected officials have forgotten who they work for,” she said. “They seem to think it is okay for them to make crazy or outlandish decisions on their own.”

“Personally, I do not think spending thousands upon thousands of dollars on studying frogs or flying insects is okay when there are people in America struggling to survive.

“I don’t think it is okay to give billions of dollars to countries that harbor and hide terrorists that would like to see America destroyed.

“Why would our representatives do this? To help people in those countries? What about the people in America?” Klontz asked.

“It’s time we, as Americans, pay attention to what is going on around us,” she said. “Just because ‘it is the way things have always been done’ is not okay. The past is gone, times have changed.”

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