Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with a number of Republican leaders today, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has thus far declined to endorse the New York businessman for President.
Trump’s first trip to Capitol Hill as the GOP’s presumptive nominee highlights the stark divide between the voters who catapulted the mogul to Washington and the establishment lawmakers who alienated them. The Trump phenomenon is in many ways a symptom of a much larger issue -- the average American no longer feels represented by the political “elite” in D.C.
American voters feel alienated for a number of reasons, foremost of which is the way federal officials have abused their authority and asserted their will over the people and the states. The Supreme Court has interpreted the Constitution in such a way that the President, Congress, and federal agencies are no longer limited by the founding document. The feds can do whatever they want without regard for the opinion of We the People.
An Article V Convention of States is the only solution that can address this deeper dissatisfaction with D.C. The United States has always been the land of the free, and her people naturally push back against top-down federal overreach. Some believe Donald Trump offers a way out. He might, but only until the end of his presidency. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that bring the federal government back in line and restore the freedoms the American people have always held dear.
The Founders gave us a way to mend the divide between D.C. and the rest of the country, but it's up to us to use it.