The presidential race has begun in earnest, and political pundits have once again become fixated on the most recent polls and surveys. Last week Trump outperformed Clinton for the first time in this campaign, but this week Clinton regained a commanding nine-point lead.
The problem is that presidential polls change from week to week, and the two candidates will no doubt swap places several more times over the next three months. National polls can shed light on the thoughts and feelings of the American people, but they can’t predict who will win the election.
But there is one poll that hasn’t changed in the last decade. Since 2005, over 50% of Americans believe the federal government has too much power. For the past three years that number has hovered around 60%. This isn’t a trend -- here one day and gone the next. The belief that Washington, D.C., has grown too big and too powerful transcends party lines and has become a central part of the American consciousness.
The next president can’t solve this problem. Only an Article V Convention of States can actually shrink both the size and the power of the federal government. A Convention of States has the power to propose constitutional amendments that limit how much power federal officials can wield and in which jurisdictions they can operate. It’s the Founders' solution to what has become one of the greatest problems facing our nation today.