If your world view favors an all-powerful federal government that is master of virtually every social, economic and moral aspect of our lives, then you probably like the government we have in Washington today. But beware of where it leads. As Thomas Jefferson wrote: "When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated."
Many believe we have arrived. The federal debt and deficit are out of control. Entitlement programs are unsustainable. National security is center stage while our national defense capability is being hollowed out. De facto lawmaking by executive fiat and regulation is epidemic. The federal bureaucracy has become overly powerful, oppressive and politicized.
It is little wonder that by a margin of two to one, the American people believe our country is headed in the wrong direction. Yet history suggests that trying to change Washington is an exercise in futility. Electing different people may make for interesting sound bites but little more. Washington will never voluntarily give up significant power and return it to the states.
A solution is in plain sight. It is the state-led way of reining in Washington and restoring the sovereignty of the states found in Article V of the Constitution. Article V provides that whenever two-thirds of the states make application for it, Congress must convene a convention of the states for the purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution. Congress has no discretionary alternative. Once there are sufficient applications for a common purpose, it must call the convention.
If ever there was a time for the states to intervene to right the ship of state, it is now.