[CORRECTION — Former Montana State Representative Matthew Monforton did not write, or adopt as his own, the views expressed by Erick Erickson in the article “Let’s Consider Secession”. This error on my part has been corrected, and I apologize to Matthew for it,]
George Soros is famous as “The Man who Broke the Bank of England”. He made a $10 billion bet against the pound sterling in 1992, and broke not only the bank but the Conservative government of Great Britain, which had staked its reputation on defending the pound’s value. Labour won the next election in 1997, and ruled for thirteen years.
If Soros is no friend to the British, he’s a deadly and determined enemy of our country. He hates it, and us, so much that it may be clouding his investment judgement. I did read somewhere that he did lose some money in an investment that was predicated on American weakness. He’d love to bet against the dollar, as he did against the pound.
I hope he’s already made that bet, and that’s why he and his various organizations are fighting the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force, and will fight any use of Article V. If Congress were forced to gradually balance its budget, over the course of a ten or even fifteen year time span, the dollar would be as mighty as it’s ever been.
National wealth is a strategic asset in a wild and woolly world. Our national currency is a stand in for the country itself. Defending the dollar is a patriotic duty of every American. Passing a balanced budget amendment, through the use of Article V, would restore the republic.
This must be the work of the state legislators next year in Wisconsin, South Carolina, Idaho, Montana, Virginia, Kentucky and Minnesota. We were hoping to get Wisconsin this year, but the opposition, mainly the John Birch Society, was too much. The Senate is a problem that must be dealt with.
Voting on an Article V Resolution is different than any other vote a state legislator can make. They only vote on issues within their state’s jurisdiction. Nationally, they have no power, except that granted by Article V.
The power potential of Article V is so great that some are afraid to ever use it. This is why we’re having a Convention of State in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. I know it’s 120 degrees there, and planes can’t fly, but it’s a dry heat, and I’m sure it will cool off by September.
The weather doesn’t matter. This is not some pleasure junket to Disneyland. This is serious business, and Arizona and its Speaker, J. D. Mesnard, stepped forward and took leadership when it was needed, and the entire Task Force is indebted to them.
Rather than fear the abuse the power of Article V, legislators need to show themselves capable of exercising some of it. And because they have the power, they bear the responsibility. That’s what everyone in attendance in Phoenix needs to understand.
Understand, and then communicate that understanding to their colleagues back at their own State Capitol. They all swore an oath to respect, defend, and honor the Constitution. They all ran for office with the intention of keeping that oath. By serving in a state legislature, each individual member can only defend the Constitution, as they swore to do, in one positive way.
And that’s through the use of Article V.
One last word on secession. It can only be done, constitutionally, through an Act of Congress. Anything else is unconstitutional, unlawful, and treasonous.
If California wants to secede, it needs to ask Congress and the President. Maybe there’s a deal out there that only Donald Trump could make. Maybe there are terms of separation for the San Francisco Bay Area and greater L. A.
Barry Goldwater got in trouble for fantasizing about sawing off the northeast and letting it drift into the Atlantic. I wouldn’t mind sawing off San Francisco and letting it float into the Pacific.
And a San Francisco Democrat is going to lead the Democrats to a House Majority next year? Who’s crazy enough to believe that?