The work that the average citizen patriot has done to change the makeup of the federal executive branch and of Congress has been commendable. All the work, worry, and stress of trying to put America on the right track through local, energetic activism during primaries and general elections has gained for us an upper hand on the true destroyers of America, the far Left and their Democratic Party.
We continue to work in our own states to do the same thing, as we must, because there is no possible way to save America from certain destruction except through the efforts of the people.
Milton Friedman once said, “I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or if they try, they will shortly be out of office.”
Last night, we saw some of the right people doing the wrong thing. As the people had almost no say in the budget, we watched as Senator Rand Paul asked Republicans why they were against spending during the Obama administration, but for it during the Trump administration. It was a good point, and one that reminds us that our fiscal problems are ingrained in the psychology of Washington D.C. In fact, watching a Friedman video from almost 50 years ago will remind you that this is nothing new. What is new is the massive, crushing $20 trillion in debt that is so inconceivable that nobody in D.C. even tries to articulate the problem.
We have tried, and will continue to try, to change personnel in Washington D.C. But the only way we can stop the broken system of the budgetary process and the continual spending is by constitutional amendment.
Obviously, Congress will never limit itself through a constitutional amendment. Our representatives show their inability to limit themselves every time a budget is needed. So the only logical way to change Washington D.C. is through an Article V Convention of States.
Forty-nine state governments have some sort of balanced budget stipulation, and though it is used in some cases to increase taxes and fees and spending, contrary to the intent of the mechanism, the fact is that state legislators have to somehow work to justify their spending, and Washington D.C. does not.
I ask my fellow citizens to become more involved in trying to make the wrong people in Washington D.C. do the right thing. In order to do that, we need to point the discussion in our states toward this constitutional remedy. An Article V Convention of States puts the people of the states back in charge of the federal government, and if we work to educate ourselves and others about the amendment process, eventually, it is possible to change the way Washington D.C. works.
Right now, twelve states have applied for an Article V Convention of States under the limited scope of fiscal restraint and term limits. We are on our way; we just need more people to create the proper political climate Friedman envisioned.
To those who say that D.C. won’t adhere to the Constitution now, so it doesn’t make sense that they will in the future via amendment, I say this: The process of getting enough states to make an application will take a lot of talking about the Constitution and what its original intent was. Those who know D.C. is not following the Constitution right now don’t take into consideration that original intent has been adjudicated to death to mean almost nothing. You and I have the ability to work within our states to restore the meaning of the Constitution by limiting Congress. Everyone out there who believes in the United States Constitution wants it restored. We can do it.
I hope that all the conservative activists who fought so hard to put the right people in D.C. will continue to do so. I hope that all the conservative activists who work hard to put the right people in their state capitals will continue to do so. And I stand with all the activists in every state working toward an Article V Convention of States to fix the fiscal calamity we all fear will do us in.
The time is now.
Author: Jen Kuznicki
Jen Kuznicki is a contributor to Conservative Review, a blue-collar wife and mom, a political writer, humorist, and conservative activist, a seamstress by trade, and compelled to write. Follow her on Twitter @JenKuznicki.