The Swamp is back, and its deeper than ever.
Less than two months into his presidency, Joe Biden is ramming through another $2 trillion in COVID-19 "stimulus," bringing the taxpayer’s pandemic tab to roughly $6 trillion. Remember, that’s $6 trillion
spent in just a year being charged to our kids, in addition to our already-incomprehensible national debt.
And not to be outdone by Democrats reckless spending, supposed fiscally conservative Republicans are now proposing an increase to the minimum wage.
The swamp, or maybe it’s a bog, is brilliant at fooling the public into playing the game by its rules. And as long as we do that, the American people will continue to lose.
A recent Time exposé, "The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election" openly bragged about the fact that Big Business, Big Tech, Big Labor, and Big Politics pulled out all the stops return the swamp to the status quo in the last election.
How could they be so brazen?
Because Washington, D.C. believes that they co-opt any new politician. We saw this during the first term of President Obama, and we responded with the Tea Party movement. A newly elected army of fed-up citizens were sworn into Congress in 2010 with a promise to fix politics in D.C.
But there was a flaw in the plan—or, more accurately, a flaw in the candidates. We watched as one by one the majority of these citizen-legislators were swallowed up or spit out by The Swamp.
Then, in 2016 we tried again, and Trump was elected on the same promise.
He battled The Swamp and won some important policy and regulatory victories.
But unfortunately, when it came to government spending and debt, Trump showed the same proclivity to spend, with little thought for our fiscal future. But even that wasn’t enough to protect from the machinations of the Swamp, who not only drove him from town, but also rammed through an unconstitutional impeachment against him for good measure.
Whether you call it The Swamp, the Deep State, or federal bureaucracy, it’s brutally evident to millions of Americans that an unelected body of administrators form not only the fourth branch of the American government but are also the most powerful branch of government.
They say the third time’s the charm.
Now, we’re taking another run at draining The Swamp, but we’re not relying on anyone in Washington to do it for us. We’re using the power of the states and the Constitution to limit federal power, kick out career politicians, and get our nation’s finances under control.
There’s no question that the one-size-fits-all policies of The Swamp are hurting and dividing the country. But if we use the founders’ solution to federal overreach, we can save our Republic and heal a divided nation.
The Constitution’s Framers designed our federalist system to accommodate the different regions and cultures that dot our vast country. Even when there were only a handful of states, the founding fathers understood that each region was vastly different in their culture, economy, and beliefs.
Federalism, in other words, is a system of government for people who don’t get along but know they must unite around a basic set of principles in order to maintain international strength.
The founding fathers understood that the true threat to federalism is not disagreements among states, but a runaway central government. They wrote into Article V of the Constitution a mechanism for the states to regain control of this federalist structure if the national government grew too large or abusive.
That’s why they included in Article V of the Constitution a way for the states—not Congress—to call a "convention for proposing amendments," also known as a Convention of States.
Alexander Hamilton, writing near the end of "Federalist 85," identified a Convention of States as the final firewall between the states and an encroaching federal government:
"We may safely rely on the disposition of the state legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority," he said, speaking of Article V.
It takes 34 states to call a Convention, which can be limited to specific topics like term limits, restricting federal overreach, and mandating fiscal responsibility.
Once amendments are proposed, 38 states must ratify amendments before they become part of the Constitution.
If this sounds like too drastic a step, consider that a recent poll found that over 60% of Americans agree that we are on the verge of a civil war. It should be chilling to every one of us that the majority of our nation feels this way, and why every one of us should be doing everything we can to avoid such a horrible idea.
Fortunately, our founders created the Convention of States option to act as a backstop, to protect us from dissolving into open conflict across America.
It’s time to acknowledge that draining The Swamp, or reforming the federal government, is a fool’s errand if we rely on national politicians.
To truly fix our system of government and put We the People back in charge of our country and our elections, we must call a Convention of States.
Mark Meckler is a constitutional activist who co-founded several grassroots organizations including Convention of States Action, Citizens for Self-Governance, and Tea Party Patriots. After many years in California, he, his wife Patty, and their two Great Danes now enjoy life in Texas. They have two adult children. Read Mark Meckler's Reports - More Here.
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