As I sit here days after Election Day I’m reviewing the races and turn out and results. I think about things I’ve done and roles I’ve played. I think back on the campaigns and candidates I’ve worked for, doors I’ve knocked on, calls I’ve made, letters I’ve written, people I’ve spoken with. All on behalf of candidates I felt strongly about. All on behalf of what I believed to be best for our country, state, county, and city. Naturally when I lost I was disappointed but oddly enough sometimes when I won I wound up being disappointed as well. The times I’ve won and been disappointed have always been on the federal level.
As proof I give you Allen West and Marco Rubio. West’s loss in 2012 was painful, very disappointing. Rubio won his Senate seat in 2010 and spent a year on an ill-advised amnesty campaign that he has had to back pedal on this ever since. If I could have passed along a word of advice to Rubio it would have been this, “If you sit down at a table with Chuck Schumer and do not know what is on the lunch menu, it is most likely you.” Very disappointing.
We hear, “Washington is broken and I’m going to fix it,” every two years, every election cycle. The truth is Washington is broken and can’t be fixed. Not from the inside. I want to believe that the people we do send there are good people and want to be true to their word. We’re sending men and women armed with flashlights to the Death Star to fight Darth Vader and storm troopers armed with light sabers. It’s not a fair fight and all too often good people get dragged over to the dark side.
There are some outliers in the fight. We know the names; Cruz, Paul, Lee, Gowdy, et al. They are not enough. So what is the answer? How do you fix Washington?
In order to fix something you must first know how it was built and how it was designed to work. A few weeks ago our refrigerator stop working. While my wife was fretting over a $1200 replacement I took a crash course in refrigerators. Replacing a $30 part saved us $1170. Well, at least a $200 service call. A refrigerator is something we take for granted until it stops working. Our government is no different.
This is not a crash course on the Constitution. If you’re reading this I’m going to assume that you’re intelligent enough to find the Constitution on-line, or maybe you have a copy at home. I am going to provide some things to think about.
Prior to the US Constitution we had the Articles of Confederation. In which the original 13 colonies consented to allow the Continental Congress to conduct business for all 13 colonies at the same time, in respect to foreign relations, treaties and Native American affairs. We needed the help of the French and Native Americans to defeat the British and we needed the ability to negotiate. The Articles were very narrow in scope and provided the ultimate freedom for the states to operate, and the citizens to live. No one woke up each day concerned about what the Continental Congress was going to do and how was it going to hamper their business, or how Congress was going to meddle in the process of putting food on the table.
The Federal Government was created by a convention of representatives from the individual states. Each state as we know them today was an independent entity. Each with its own government, legislature and laws. As they exist today. The Constitution was ratified in 1788, five years after we won independence. We survived without an overbearing federal government. We did not fight for independence from one monarchy so that we could pledge our lives and fortunes to another.
The federal government gets its legitimacy from us. You and I. We. We, the People. The preamble to the Constitution starts as follows: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish..”
WE ESTABLISH. No one ever places themselves into bondage voluntarily. No one would ever in good conscious establish a scheme that they could not change, modify, or unravel if and when need be. As our Declaration of Independence claims: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another,..”
Please notice that it says, ‘When’. It does not say, ‘once and only once’. There is no limitation on the times it may become necessary to dissolve political associations.
I am not suggesting we take up arms against the government and declare independence. I am suggesting that since We, The People established the federal government, it is up to us, We, The People to correct it, to fix it.
Thankfully our Founders provide for such instances in Article V of the Constitution. Contained therein is method to amend the Constitution that does not reside with the government but with the States.
I’m speaking of the Convention of States. If you’re not familiar with it click on the link and take a look at their website. They can explain it better than I can.
Get involved, stay involved, and stay ever vigilant.
Yours in Liberty,