The below text was copied verbatim from an email to me from The Convention Courier, Winter 2016/2017 Section 1
It’s easy to idolize people, to put them up on a pedestal and assume they’re better than they are. We see
it with actors who’ve disappointed us (Bill Cosby), with athletes (Lance Armstrong) and with politicians (all of them).
Yes, all of them. Of course, some make their flaws more obvious than others. Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace and Bill Clinton was impeached, but most have failed us in big and small ways. Take conservative hero Ronald Reagan – one of our favorite Presidents here at the COSA office. As a proponent [of] limited government, he vowed to do away with the Department of Education, yet the federal government grew under his administration. (Yes, his Department of Education swelled to an even bigger size.)
After the bitter 2016 Presidential contest, many are hopeful about Donald Trump’s term as President. No matter how many good intentions he has, however, Congress will resist and his power as President is limited. We have witnessed Congress blocking improvements over and over. No one has earned the distrust of American voters like our current crop of so-called political leaders. Ideally, Trump will go to D.C. and “drain the swamp” as he so colorfully put it on the campaign trail. We hope he does. But it’s going to take a lot to remove the sludge of ego and corruption from Congress. Adding better leaders and Cabinet members won’t be enough. A change in personnel is only temporary… only a change in structure, that a Convention of States will secure, is permanent.
Thankfully, our Founding Fathers planned ahead. First, they created three separate branches of government to help keep them all in check. That hasn’t worked out too well. Congress doesn’t act as a limiting force in D.C. – this was most obvious when they almost eliminated the ethics office. The Supreme Court has acted well outside its constitutional bounds, deciding controversial cultural issues by fiat. Plus, President Obama has used more restrictive executive orders than his six predecessors.
Fortunately, the Founders also included an “emergency cord” in Article V that citizens can pull if the three branches fail to keep each other in check. Reforming our government requires more than a few appointments; it requires we go back and really restructure the way our Founders originally intended.
Thomas Jefferson warned against having “confidence in man,” but that we should “bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” In other words, our Founders expected us to behave in a manner that is consistent with the Constitution, even though modern politicians have forgotten they can’t do whatever they what, whenever they want.
As Trump and Reagan have both used the phrase so well, we do want to “drain the swamp” of that sort of ego, incompetence, and corruption… and, thanks to our Founding Fathers, “We the People” actually have the power and the obligation to do it. Right now, most of America is fed-up with the federal government and is ready to put it back in its constitutionally intended box.
We may never live through another moment more conducive to the convention than right now. As President Trump said himself in his Inaugural Speech, “Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.” The method to make this transfer of power to the people permanent is via calling a Convention of States, and our time is NOW.
Read the full text of President Trump’s Inaugural Speech: president-trumps-inaugural-speech