I can’t write or think about Donald Trump for a while. I have Trump fatigue. Thinking of him as the nominee of my political party drove me back to the Good Book. “Remember, O Lord, what has befallen us; behold and see our disgrace. Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to aliens.” — the lament of the Prophet Jeremiah.
Pat Buchanan thinks a Clinton victory would be a bad moon rising, and the time for pitchforks, tar and feathers will be upon us. It would be a time for an American Spring, for as John F. Kennedy said “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” Old Pat is suggesting civil unrest from the American Heartland, as opposed to the unrest of its enemies.
Part of his despair is the packing of the Supreme Court by Hillary Clinton. The Second Amendment, and the Heller decision, will be the first casualty. The two are the same. Clinton does, in fact, want to repeal the 2nd Amendment. The Heller decision is the 2nd Amendment. If the right to keep and bear arms refers to the right to join a state sponsored militia, the 2nd Amendment isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Heller affirms the plain meaning, and clear intent of the authors, of the 2nd Amendment. The right to keep and bear arms is the individual right of every American. And we will not lose it. The First American Revolution was sparked by the attempt of the British to disarm the Minute Men. If there is to be a Second, it would start the same way.
Any serious attempt to disarm the American people would result in the immediate secession of Alaska from the Union, and a lot of States would join it. But that’s not on the horizon for a while. They’ll start chipping away at the 2nd Amendment, and only enforce its repeal in stages. So there’s still time.
Once we’ve lost the Supreme Court for a generation it will be time to have a serious conversation about the structure of the federal government. For this discussion to be meaningful, and fruitful, it must take place at an Amendment Convention called by 2/3 of our State Legislatures. The Convention of States campaign has, I believe, ten of the required 34. The scope of the call under the language of the Convention of States Resolutions would allow the Amendment Convention to propose an Amendment which, if adopted, would allow the States to overturn a decision of the Supreme Court by a vote of a supermajority. The decision which overturned Heller would, itself, be overturned, by a vote of the States.
It’s a long way from ten to 34, and the CoS approach needs a boost, which would come from a successful Balanced Budget Amendment Convention. We have 28, and, if Trump doesn’t cost us some state legislatures, we could get to 34 next year. CoS would be right behind us, and this could be the defining political issue of the early twenty first century.
A loss to Clinton isn’t the end. It’s the beginning of a movement to overturn the result of that election. A New Tea Party, bigger and better than ever. Except this time, it’s got a specific agenda – – the use of Article V to save our country.
Anybody here seen my old friend Ronnie? Can you tell me where he’s gone? I thought I saw him walking up over the hill, with Abraham, and Martin, and John.