Somebody’s going to lose this election, but nobody is going to win it. Whoever “wins” will be roundly detested by most Americans. One third of the country hates Clinton, one third hates Trump, and the other third hates them both. It will be hard to govern when 2/3 of the population can’t stand to see your face on television. The 45th President of the United States will fail, spectacularly.
The smart money is still on a close Clinton win, and no coattails. I really don’t think it matters much who controls the Senate. Nothing’s going to get done, either way, as long as the R’s keep the House. Wall Street doesn’t want anything done. It wants gridlock, and it looks like that’s what we’ll have.
This joke of an election is just a sign, a symptom, of our real problem. Our political system, at the national level, is broken, and beyond repair. It is so clogged with rent seekers and tit suckers it can’t function properly. And it’s completely bipartisan. The Republicans in Congress, with few exceptions, are almost as bad as the Democrats. They’ve all sold out. They’ve all bought in, or have been bought off. The entire system is irredeemable, in the sense that it can’t fix itself. A superior, outside force must be brought to bear.
This is what the Framers had in mind when they wrote Article V. They didn’t design it for light or transient causes. The normal Amendment process could handle that. But when the existential problem is the federal government, and the Congress itself, that’s when the States must step in. And that’s where we are today.
Bill Fruth and I have figured something out, and if we’ve got it figured right we’re going to pull this off. I feel it in my bones. From Florida to Alaska, and Maine to California, the word’s going to get out. And when the word gets out, it will take on a life of its own. It couldn’t happen at a better time, really. Whatever happens next week, a lot of people are going to throw up their hands in despair. We’re going to offer a way out.
Looking forward to ALEC in D.C. on Nov. 30th. It was three years ago, exactly, when I decided to dive back in to the game. I spent a few thousand dollars and went the ALEC meeting as an alumni legislator. Same hotel as this year. That’s when I met Fruth. He didn’t make much of an impression on me. He looked like an accountant. Fruth’s a numbers guy, without a whole lot of political experience. So I underestimated him. Turns out he’s a hell of a lot more than a numbers guy.
I made a lot of friends three years ago, and hope to make some more at ALEC.