Donald Trump has now been elected president. So, all of our complaints against government overreach and having too much power will all be addressed. Those in power now and who have been in power for decades will simply let go in the face of Trump’s election and liberty and the rule of law will return to America overnight. All those unconstitutional powers, laws and regulations will be automatically repealed and those who are currently profiting from those laws will have no problem with We the People when the cash stops flowing.
Really? Not in a million years!
America has been trained and indoctrinated to think that the federal government can wield power over us in any way they choose. As long as a law is passed by Congress and signed by the president, it is law and beyond dispute. When we watch the news on the what the government is up to, we hear arguments for or against this law or that, this executive order or that. Rarely if ever does the argument rest on whether or not the government should be doing what they’re up to at all.
Any legislation that violates God’s law or the Constitution is automatically void. Where do you think our law comes from? Why isn’t it okay for me to come to your house and shoot you in the head and take your property? Because to do so would be a violation of your basic God-given rights of life and property. If five people in the country, the required majority in Supreme Court cases, suddenly decide that it is okay for me to shoot you in the head and take your stuff, does that make it okay? No, it only makes it legal. Slavery was once legal in this country. So were Jim Crow laws, segregation and the rounding up and internment of Japanese Americans. Legal and right are often not at all the same thing.
It is fortunate for us that the states can act on their own to add or repeal amendments to the Constitution. Our Framers wisely anticipated that we one day might have a federal government is simply out of control and is never going to correct itself.
The Framers put a provision in the Constitution that allowed us to do just that, Article V:
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.
The immediate steps that need to be taken to save this country are quite extensive and will seem daunting when viewed as a whole. Accomplishing the initiatives on this list may seem like an impossible pipe dream. We have to act and think like our enemies, only honestly, with honor, integrity, and responsibility. To them, even the smallest step toward accomplishing the ultimate goal is a victory. They never retreat, not one step, and only and always move forward. If they win a legislative victory in one state, they move to the next. If they lose in a referendum, they take their fight to the courts. If they lose in the courts, they take their fight to the streets.
Just look at the protests and petitions from the left trying to overturn the election of Donald Trump. These people never give up. We can’t ever give up either. We can’t ever think we can’t do it or that we are too far gone. We must fight for, even struggle for, every little baby step if it is in the right direction. Then we have to hold onto that one inch of success and guard it. Then we take the next step. It will be a long struggle. In the end, we have to believe in our cause, and we have to win. One thing at a time. Together, we can accomplish anything.
The new president may take steps and launch initiatives to fix our struggling economy, but that won’t change the fundamental woes that face America. The system is broken. Those who are today holding onto power and enriching themselves at our expense because they are working within the current broken system can’t be expected to fix it. It will have to be done from outside the system and imposed upon those now in power. There simply is no other way.
This list encompasses the big national initiatives that I feel are necessary to really make a significant difference in saving America, though it will not get done all at once.
1. Defund the United Nations. This international leftist organization has done nothing that supports the United States, our national heritage, or the liberty of our citizens. The UN has become nothing more than a cover group pushing for climate change and global redistribution of wealth, and is consistently just seeking more power at the expense of our national sovereignty. We need to stop paying for it.
2. Kick the United Nations out of our country. Lease the new available space for commercial use, a much better employment of that prime Manhattan real estate anyway.
3. Eliminate the US Department of Education. There is no provision whatsoever for education in the Constitution. The entire department is illegal and doesn’t educate a single student. It is the national vehicle through which Common Core is being forced onto the states. Get rid of it.
4. Eliminate the Internal Revenue Service. Our vast and confusing tax code isn’t being used to simply fund essential government functions. Instead, our taxes are being used to promote political agendas to support or discourage behavior that our government deems we should or should not be engaged in. Get rid of it, and go to a flat tax based on percentage of income.
5. Eliminate other unconstitutional bureaucracies of the federal government starting with the following:
a. Health and Human Services
b. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
c. Department of Labor
d. Department of Energy
e. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
f. Department of Agriculture
With the elimination of these departments, all standing regulations connected to these departments automatically and immediately expire. Any and all functions formerly conducted by these useless bureaucracies will then be transferred to the states.
6. Through an Article V convention of states, propose the following amendments to the Constitution:
a. Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment and give the states back the check on federal power that the founders intended.
b. Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment to eliminate the IRS.
c. Add an amendment to impose strict term limits on all members of the House of Representatives. Six years, three terms, seems about right for anyone who should be a citizen-legislator.
Senators will be appointed by their state legislatures; they won’t need term limits unless dictated by their respective state constitutions. Their respective state legislatures will be able to recall a senator who has gone rogue and is not representing the interest of the state that sent them to Washington.
d. Add a balanced budget amendment, with a provision exclusively for times for when Congress declares war and other national emergencies that would allow the federal government to borrow money as determined by law.
e. Add an amendment that specifies there shall be no regulations or executive actions that would cost more than $100 million burden on our economy as a whole, and/or have penalties on individual citizens that would include the federal government seizing personal property or could include prison terms.
f. Anything meeting that criteria can only come from Congress as a law duly reviewed, voted on, and passed by our elected representatives. This would eliminate any federal department, agency, or bureaucrat from writing regulations that result in citizens losing their property or being thrown in jail. Anything that could do that to an American citizen should have the force of law and face the review of our elected representatives and, by extension, the electorate.
g. Add an amendment that all laws proposed to Congress must have the exact article of the Constitution on it that gives the federal government jurisdiction to enact the law in the first place. If any proposed piece of legislation cannot be directly tied back to an enumerated power of the federal government in the Constitution, Congress will not be allowed to pass any legislation on it. Period.
h. Add an amendment that imposes a strict twelve-year limit on members of the Supreme Court. Twelve years would ensure that members outlast any president who put them there, and they could vote their conscious in accordance with the Constitution. Additionally, members of SCOTUS can be recalled or impeached, as can any other federal official, in accordance with impeachment rules set forth in the Constitution.
Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution states, “The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour.” If these judges are not acting in good behavior, as determined by Congress, they can be removed from the bench by Congress in accordance with the terms to be described in this amendment.
i. Add an amendment that all members of Congress are subject to the laws they pass. No exclusion or special privilege allowed.
The intent of all of these initiatives is to diffuse the power of the federal government. Any void left by eliminated agencies and departments will by necessity be taken up by the states. Or maybe it won’t be, and that’s okay too. Some states may determine they don’t need a state department of housing and urban development, for example. Fine. That is what the concept of state sovereignty and federalism is all about.
j. Add an amendment changing Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution apportioning the electoral votes of each state in accordance with each state’s congressional district. For example, New York State is made up of 62 counties in 27 Congressional districts. Of those 62 counties, 49 voted Republican. It was mostly the thirteen counties surrounding New York City, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo that carried the entire state for the Democrats. This is the same story found in other states as well. If the electoral college votes were apportioned by Congressional district, the votes would more closely reflect the will of the people.
The states, we the people, can change the Constitution. We are the ultimate check on federal power. I think the time has come for us to exercise that power. How?
There is a national convention of states project that is pushing and lobbying the state legislatures to sign on for an Article V convention of states to propose amendments to the Constitution. Look for the movement online. Contact them in your state, and see what you can do to help.
All of these steps and more are outlined in the book, Of Faith and Freedom, by Joe Gilbert the founder of the Patriot Institute.