The 50 year project

With the legislative losses in Colorado and New Hampshire, the Article V BBA movement’s tally will very likely be reduced from 28 states to 26.  The new Democratic majorities are in debt to the Soros Empire, and he will demand, and get, rescission votes.

The all Republican path to the required 34 states lasted from 2014 to 2018.  That was the window, but it’s now closed.  We could theoretically get from 26 to 31 with the addition of MT, ID, SC, KY and VA.  But we won’t get over 31, because no Democrat will allow it.

If the Republicans flip three state Houses in 2020 (a distinct possibility with a Trump landslide), 34 could again be within reach.  It could be 2022, or 2024.

We’ll get there, eventually.  Article V is the only constitutional remedy for an out of control, entrenched Congress.  Congress will only go downhill from here.  Something will have to be done, and Congress is incapable, on a bipartisan basis, of reforming itself.

This political movement was founded in 1975 by a couple of old blue dog Democratic state legislators.  I first got involved as a State Senator in Alaska in 1983.  So I’ve been at it for 35 years.

I’ll be 80 years old in 2025, and I’ll keep at it until then.  The movement will then be 50 years old.  Time for new blood.

After Tuesday, Trump cleans house

Trump is a master juggler.  He keeps a lot of balls in the air, and it distracts people.  He, on the other hand, thrives in turmoil.  It gives him an advantage, because he’s quicker than everybody else.  There will be a lot of turmoil after the election.  But it won’t phase Trump.  He thrives in what seems like chaos to others.

AG Jeff Sessions will be the first firing.  Getting a replacement confirmed by the Senate will take months, so will Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein run the Justice Department in the mean time?  I don’t think so.  Rosenstein gets canned as well.  Nobody deserves it more.

The number 3 at Justice is Solicitor General Noel Francisco, and he’ll run DoJ until a new AG is nominated and confirmed.  Among his duties will be supervision of the Mueller witch hunt.  I suspect Mr. Francisco will have some pointed questions to ask.  Such as, What in the hell do you think you’re doing?

Noel Francisco is a Filipino-American, and an outstanding lawyer.  Let’s hope he’s got guts as well.  He’ll need them.  At some point, of course, he’ll be called a racist and a Nazi.  Before long these accusations will be so routine that they can be laughed away.  Leftists long ago stuck their thumb in their mouth, and began holding their breath and rolling around the floor.  Now they’re all purple, and what’s left?

During the campaign, Trump said the states should be free to decide what to do with marijuana.  Sessions disagreed, and Trump hasn’t pushed it.  With Francisco, I expect a major rationalization of federal policy.  Each state can make its own decision.  Federalism in action.

AP is out with a story on Article V.  The Convention of States, with its 12 resolutions, is mentioned.  But nothing about the BBA Task Force, and its 28 resolutions, just six short of the needed 34.  This even though a fervent BBA backer, AZ Rep. Kelly Townsend, is quoted in the article.

Why did that dog not bark?  The real story is that the BBA is only six states short.  Why is that not mentioned?   The job of the AP isn’t to report the news anymore.  It’s to suppress it when it’s inconvenient.

All we need for 34 is President Trump’s support, which we can get by a more focused approach to the generic “balanced budget amendment”.  It’s really just a question of semantics.

Don’t call it a general BBA.  Call it a specific “line item veto”, which is nothing more than a form of a balanced budget amendment.  That, Trump wants.  That, Trump can sell.  And that is how we get the first Article V amendment in American history.

 

Moral superiority is not a political virtue

Speaker Paul Ryan leaving political office reminds me of an octopus retreating into its den, squirting black ink.  In his case the ink is the pride he takes in his moral superiority, and his disdain for Trump.

Ryan doesn’t seem to realize that Trump has never claimed moral superiority.  That’s one of his attractions.  He doesn’t think he’s better than the people he represents, and they like that.

The American people don’t need a role model in the White House.  They want a leader, which is what they’ve got.

 

Another Reichstag fire??

Unless the person who sent the bombs was just some nut, you have to ask yourself  — why?  Motivation is the key.  All of those targeted were of one political side.  Was the motive to actually kill them out of partisan hatred?

In my opinion these bombs were never meant to blow up.  They’re dummies.  They were sent as either a threat, or as a false flag.

A month after Hitler took power in 1933, the Reichstag fire gave him an excuse to declare, essentially, martial law, which was never lifted.  From that day forward he was an absolute dictator.  So who set the fire?  The Communists, as Hitler insisted?  Or was it Hitler himself?

Why would the Communists do it?  As a random act of terror?  Hardly.  Hitler had control of the German state.  He would use that power to crush them if he could.  The Reichstag fire was the only excuse he needed.

Just when the nightly news was beginning to focus, on a daily basis, on the immigrant caravan, this happens.  The scenes of that caravan were killing the Democrats, day after day.  The timing is awfully suspicious.

I hope Trump labels this act as completely un-American, which it is.

 

Politics in 3 seconds

Keep It Simple, Stupid.  KISS.  The first principle of politics.*

If you can’t simplify your message, it won’t sell.  New Deal, New Frontier, Great Society, and Make America Great Again all work because they’re simple.

If anything, in this new age of the cellphone, you need to make things even simpler.  It seems to me that our collective attention span has shortened.  The time you’ll be given by voters to explain a concept like “New Deal” has shortened with advancing communications technology.  .  A hundred years ago, on the radio, you might have five minutes.  50 years ago, with the television age, you had a minute.  Now, it’s 30 seconds or less.  To be really effective, you must make your point in ten seconds.  Tomorrow, maybe five.

Trump’s a natural political genius.  That’s one reason he’s President.  Lyin’ Ted, Lil’ Marco, Crooked Hillary  —  it doesn’t matter if he can prove any of it.  It’s a label, it’s simple, and it sticks.  As in, “Democrats produce mobs, Republicans produce jobs”.

This is one reason the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force, which I worked with for five years, couldn’t close the deal.  If you’re a politician, like a state legislator, you can’t go back to your district and say you voted for a BBA.  No one knows what you’re talking about, and it takes too long to explain.

“Give the President the Line Item Veto.”   That’s simple.  That you can explain in ten to fifteen seconds.  That will sell.

Conveniently, the language of those 28 State Resolutions that the BBA Task Force allows them to be used as a vehicle for a Line Item Veto Amendment.

In pitching this to the last six state legislators we need, we must change our message.  We’re not campaigning for a Balanced Budget Amendment.  We’re for giving the President the line item veto.

I hope we get them, and I hope President Trump helps.  For a guy with his political skills, it will be an easy sell.

*Hat tip to Bill MConkey, forty years ago, my first mentor in politics.  Jay Hammond for Governor of Alaska, 1978.  One of Bill’s finest hours.  We won by 98 votes.