Wake me when it’s over

The impeachment hoax became a joke some time ago.  But it’s not funny anymore, just boring.  The ruling class is hopelessly out of touch with normal, everyday Americans.  We know it, of course, and they’re beginning to realize it too.  And it’s eating their guts out.

He’s not just Orange Man Bad.  He’s Orange Man Bulletproof.

The promise of Article V

As a former state legislator, I know what would happen if 34 states pass resolutions calling for an Amendment Convention to propose a Balanced Budget Amendment.  The legislative leadership of each state would meet, and decide who they wanted representing them at this historic meeting.  Every legislature has members who are recognized as knowledgeable in constitutional law, and writing budgets.  These men and women, along with the House Speaker and Senate President will form the delegation of each state.

They will meet at the time and place set by Congress (after consulting with the states).    The Speaker or Senate President of the host state will open the Convention, and will immediately call for nominations to be Chairman of the Convention.  Then temporary rules will be adopted, committees will be formed.

The delegates all know the drill.  They know how to run a legislative chamber, and that’s how the Convention will be run.  Everyone present will understand the procedures to be followed.   It will be orderly, with strict decorum.  CSAN will be watching.

Everyone present will know that their first priority is to propose something that can  be ratified by 3/4 of the states.  So it can’t be partisan.  It has to pass muster in some blue states to get to the supermajority.  So Democrats, who will be in the minority, will be closely consulted throughout.  Nothing will be rammed through.  It will be a deliberative process all Americans could take pride in.

When the delegates succeed in agreeing on a proposed resolution, and prior to adjournment, a delegate will move that the floor be opened to a discussion of what the next Article V Amendment Convention should address.  Most delegates will agree, and a general discussion will take place concerning proposals to reform the federal government.  Term limits will be considered, and campaign finance reform, and other ideas that have broad enough public support to get a 3/4 supermajority.  The topic or topics which attract the most support will then be adopted as a recommendation of the Amendment Convention.

When the delegates return to their state capitols, they will attempt to pass resolutions call for a second Amendment Convention, to propose an amendment based on the recommendation of the first.  If this process succeeds, it can be repeated as along as the federal government needs reform.  It could last a long, long time.

The architecture of the Constitution itself will be amended by the addition of a new, supervisory branch, the Constitution of States.  It has the power to control the other three branches, so long as it acts in unison.  Any Democratic institution that requires a 3/4 majority to act is one that will never go to an extreme.

The Constitution of States will emerge as the ultimate safeguard of American freedom.  Just as the Framers intended.



The resistance stalls

It’s normal for a newly elected President to lose Congressional seats in their first midterm.  Reagan in ’82, Clinton in ’94, Obama in 2010, and Trump in 2018,  all got shellacked.  All won, or will win, reelection, Reagan in a landslide.  It’s part of the normal ebb and flow in recent Presidential history.

The opponents of a newly elected President push back after losing the election, and they counterattack, and meet success.  But at reelection time the voters will have had four years to see how the President has performed, and they base their vote on that record.  Presidents who have delivered peace and prosperity always prevail.

The Democrats are in political quicksand.  They’re going down, and the more they struggle, the worse it gets.  They’ve lost judgement, they’re making terrible mistakes, and they can’t seem to help it.  They’re setting themselves up for an epic fail.

It may be that the political tide that began with the 2014 congressional election, which stalled in 2016, will come back in force, giving the Republicans in Congress an historic victory in 2020.  I wouldn’t bet against it.

The impeachment hearings in the House are already fading from the public mind.  Christmas in 22 days away.  People are busy with their own lives.  They’ve tuned out.

And so it will end, not with a bang, but a whimper.




Will you vote for the man you wanted impeached?

It kind of depends on the alternative, doesn’t it?  If Trump were removed from office we’d get President Mike Pence.  That would be an acceptable outcome to a lot of people.  But the Democratic nominee in 2020 isn’t going to be anything like Mike Pence.  It will be the most radical nominee in American history.

So, yeah, maybe a guy wanted Trump impeached.  That doesn’t mean this guy would voter for any of these people who hate America, and may hate him.

But it’s hard to get someone to vote for a person they don’t like, and a lot of people don’t like Trump.  But nobody liked Nixon, and he got 61% of the vote and 49 states.  President Trump would settle for that.