You've probably heard about New Jersey Democratic Representative Jerry Nadler's inflammatory remarks about the conflict between House Democrats, President Trump, and AG William Barr.
"There can be no higher stakes than this attempt to arrogate all power to the executive branch away from Congress, and more important, away from the American people," Nadler said, referring to President Trump's decision to use his executive powers to block a congressional subpoena of the full Mueller report. "We've talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis. We are now in it. We are now in a constitutional crisis."
Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi said much the same thing, agreeing that the nation is in a constitutional crisis and claiming the Trump administration "has decided they are not going to honor their oath of office."
These are strong words, but the expression "too little, too late" comes to mind.
Where were Reps. Nadler and Pelosi when the Supreme Court handed down unilateral decisions stripping state legislatures of their rightful authority? Where was Rep. Nadler's constitutional defense when President Obama vowed to get around the legislature with his "pen and phone"? Where was Rep. Pelosi's indignation when Congress transferred their lawmaking authority to armies of unaccountable, non-elected bureaucrats? And where was the U.S. Congress when the national debt reached $22 trillion?
These are the real constitutional crises. Whatever you may think of President Trump, House Democrats, and William Barr, you must admit that there are much more serious constitutional issues that have been simmering for years, if not decades.
The balance of power between the federal and state governments is almost nonexistent. Federal agencies run roughshod over state laws, and the states have little recourse when the Supreme Court hands down a decision.
Fortunately, the Founders gave us a way to avert this real constitutional crisis, and it's found in the Constitution itself.
Article V allows the states to call a convention "for the purpose of proposing amendments." This convention can propose amendments that fix our broken system, limit federal power, and restore the people to their rightful place of authority.
We really are in a "constitutional crisis," but it has nothing to do with the President. Hopefully, as the American people have done time and again, we can come together, use the powers granted to us in the Constitution, and overcome it.
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