21st century Constitutional Convention kicks off in Grand Junction

By: Kelly Asmuth Email
By: Kelly Asmuth Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Americans everywhere are going back to basics when it comes to how this country is run. They want the Constitution revived and it's led to a modern-day Constitutional Convention, that's kicked off in Grand Junction.

More than 220 years ago, delegates banded together to pen the principles our country was founded on. Now, modern–day rebels are conjuring up a cross–continental Constitutional Convention to revive the laws they say have been lost.

"We need to educate everybody first and foremost about the freedoms we are losing, and secondly, put patriots in action so we can affect change," says Save America Foundation founder and convention organizer John Chambers.

The Save America Foundation and the Western Slope Conservative Alliance are throwing the political bash, which has kicked off in Grand Junction at the Double Tree Hotel. The convention aims to hit each state.

"People like me, who come in, maybe a little upset and ready to throw something off the boat, could be tea or a politician," says convention attendee Robert Cribbs.

A list of 21st century revolutionists say they aim to conjure up action and information, including gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo.

"It's amazing to me because there are so many things that have happened since Obama got elected that have put people in streets," says Tancredo.

"We need people that believe in power of individual to make their own decisions and make their own choices," says Linda Gregory, who says she wants to learn as much as she can about the Constitution.

Some convention speakers say Americans are being stripped of choices, and rights.

"The average person has no idea that the tax on your income is illegal," says speaker Paul St. John.

"It's just creating awareness. It's actually giving viable options and solutions to people to go out there and fight the good fight," says Dr. Kirk Elliot, an economist who was the first to speak to the crowd.

It's a battle that many in Grand Junction seem to be getting ready for.

"We were given certain unalienable rights by our creator, not by the government," says Gregory.

Organizers say more than a 100 people attended the Constitutional Convention. The Save America Foundation aims to set up a charter office in each city it crosses.

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