Donald Trump at a town hall in Derry, NH 0n 8/19/15. Photo credit: Michael Vadon (CC-By-SA 4.0)
Donald Trump at a town hall in Derry, NH 0n 8/19/15.
Photo credit: Michael Vadon (CC-By-SA 4.0)

On May 3rd, having just lost the Indiana primary, Senator Ted Cruz suspended his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. Thus began a rather frenzied discussion in conservative and Republican circles about how things got to the place we find ourselves in, who’s to blame, and what we should do now.

The finger pointing came pretty quickly, and it appears that some of the more “establishment” type Republicans are convinced that the blame for the triumph of Donald Trump should be laid at Ted Cruz’s feet. After all, for months Cruz and his campaign kept things cordial with Trump, failing to “take him out early while they had the chance”. I remain convinced that those who believe that’s what happened simply fail to recognize the nature of the political phenomenon that Trump has been. Any other candidate saying and doing the things Trump has would have been gone from this race months ago. I predicted his demise last July after he made some ridiculous comments about Sen. John McCain, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, nearly every time Trump said something outrageous during the months that followed, he would go up in the polls rather than down. Trump had become something different than perhaps anything we’d seen before: He had become the singular voice of thousands of angry, frustrated voters who were sick to death of being disappointed by politicians, and just as sick of being told that what they believed and said was insensitive and bigoted, and thus they need to shut up.

As Peggy Noonan observed several months ago, the rise of Trump “rests on two issues: opposition to illegal immigration to the U.S. and an obvious and visceral rejection of political correctness and the shaming and silencing it entails.”

Cruz couldn’t have taken out Trump early. No one else could have either. The two issues Noonan referred to simply run too deep with Trump supporters.

So, here is the GOP with Donald Trump as its presumptive nominee. And there is much gloom, doom, and despair in conservative circles.

Dr. Joel McDurmon, with an air of “see I told you so”, wrote on May 4th that the problem Christian conservatives have, among other things, is pessimistic eschatology. “…the leadership of nearly every conservative and/or Christian pundit out there (yes, your favorite one, too) who has been leading people in these throes of pessimism, compromise, confusion, and defeat, is to the same extent irrelevant, and yet we keep listening to them.”

Apparently not seeing any reason for despair, some evangelical leaders immediately called for Trump’s support, including former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who not only said he was “all in” with the Trump nomination, but was critical of those who weren’t. He referred to them as engaging in “…hapless ‘Never Trump’ nonsense.”

The said “hapless” Never Trump crowd, for its part, saw no reason to change its collective mind. Trump was still no option for them, GOP nominee or not, and I don’t think they were very happy with Huckabee’s criticism.

Observing the political disarray and seeing a grand opening, the Libertarians came calling. According to the Washington Examiner, there was an immediate uptick in party membership applications:

“In the hours after the polls closed in Indiana and it was announced that businessman Donald Trump had won the Republican presidential primary — thereby ending Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign — the Libertarian Party saw a doubling of its new membership applications. Between 7 p.m. Tuesday evening and noon on Wednesday, the Libertarian Party received 99 new memberships. For the same time period a day earlier, the LP received only 46 new memberships.”

Libertarian presidential hopeful Austin Petersen looked especially attractive to some of the many disgruntled GOP members. His views on abortion and a culture of life, while not identical to their own, are views they may be able to tolerate. His promise to “leave everyone alone” also resonates with conservative voters. That sort of thing certainly resonates with me.

I probably couldn’t bring myself to vote for Peterson. I’m probably going to cast a write-in vote. But truthfully, I’m not sure it matters to me much anymore. Sure, I’m disappointed that Cruz didn’t win the nomination. For the matter of that, I’m disappointed that nearly anyone else in that field of GOP hopefuls didn’t beat Donald Trump. When we have the best field of GOP presidential candidates in my lifetime and end up with Donald Trump as our nominee, it is more than merely a missed opportunity. It’s a signal that perhaps the GOP is no longer a viable political party for people like me. However, the carping, the hand-wringing, and the finger pointing the last two weeks hasn’t been particularly useful. Perhaps there will be a third party option that develops that will be attractive to me and to other conservative Christians as well. Who knows? In any case, I won’t be excited. Here’s why:

Politically speaking, I have come to the conclusion that it’s highly unlikely that the Executive or Legislative branches of the Federal Government will ever stop the evil course that our government as a whole is pursuing. To the contrary, they will likely make things worse.

As I have said before, I think our last and best hope, humanly speaking, is an Article V Convention of States. We have to do what our elected officials won’t, and the lawful, constitutional way to do that is through an Art. V Convention. All we need are 34 states to submit applications for an Article V convention. These applications must all deal with the same issue.

Here are just some of the things that could be done through this process:

  • We could mandate term limits for Supreme Court justices.
  • We could stop the federal spending and debt spree.
  • We could stop the overreach by federal courts and other abuses of federal power.
  • We could restore real sovereignty to the several states.

And the real beauty of all this? Congress cannot stop this. Neither can the President.

If our country stays on its present course, things will not end well. We must pray for the mercies of God upon our nation, and at the same time work as hard as possible to bring about dramatic change without bloodshed. The best (and perhaps only) way to do that is through an Article V Convention of States. Again, humanly speaking, this is our last and best hope in my opinion.

I remain hopeful that things may yet turn around spiritually and politically. My eschatology is indeed positive (I’m what you might describe as a classic post-millennial), but that hardly means I don’t think some very bad times can’t occur along the way. My hope for our present time lies in the fact that God has demonstrated how gracious He can be with wicked people and wicked nations. Consider His willingness to spare the entire city of Sodom for the sake of ten righteous people. Or, when we yearn for righteous civil leaders and we are disappointed as so many of us are right now, consider righteous King Josiah who rather surprisingly came after so many generations of wicked kings. God has shown that, when we might least expect it, He is pleased to show mercy. Therein lies my spiritual hope for our nation.

*****

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah. – Psalm 67: 1-4

26 comments
  1. I agree that an Article V Conv of the States is badly needed. However, the thing that may prevent it is the same thing that has given us Donald Trump as a GOP nominee, namely, the ignorance of the common American and our collective susceptibility to statist propaganda. Every time an Article V Convention begins to gain momentum, it is attacked with lies and misinformation. Article V may be the “In Case of Emergency” box that goes unused while the naiton burns down.

    1. That may have been the case in the days before social media. But today, it is practically impossible to keep the truth from coming out.

      And the truth is: There are virtually no unknown or unanswerable questions regarding an Article V convention of states.

      People may still throw these so-callled “unanswerable questions” around, but as soon as they do, someone chimes in with the answer.

      Go to http://www.conventionofstates.com to find out how *you* can be part of this peaceful revolution.

    2. The COS is doable – so doable we need to fight for it day and night. People are so fed up right now with the overreach of the federal empire that there are tons and tons of folks just waiting for answer. And this is the answer: an Article V Convention of States!

  2. Sir, surely you can’t believe that ideologies of all stripes wouldn’t be competing for “seats” at this convention?

    Looking solely at the trending changes in demographics in the country, it’s highly likely that christian fundamentalists might constitute merely a substantial minority there. I don’t consider it entirely unthinkable that such a convention could possibly produce a document that liberals like me could be very content with.

    In other words, please be careful what you wish for.

    1. Please remember that whatever an Article V Convention comes up with, each proposed amendment still has to be ratified by 3/4 of the states in order to become part of the Constitution. If something totally nutty is proposed, would it be ratified by 3/4 of the states? I doubt it.

    2. Of course all manner of opinions would be in evidence at a Convention of States. While we still have our First Amendment rights, let’s protect them, honoring each delegate’s sincere desire to save our nation while we have a peaceable chance left to us. Not only one faction has all the answers.

      We need this 2nd means of amending the Constitution to save the country from four major crises:

      1. a spending and debt crisis which, even if the federal government confiscated everything owned by all private citizens, it wouldn’t cover the debt;
      2. a regulatory crisis in which executive branch agencies regulate with no accountability;
      3. a state sovereignty crisis caused by congressional grants to states that attach mandates, turning state legislatures into mere regional agencies of congress;
      4. federal takeover of decision making on every level, including state and local.

      If not now, when? If not this remedy, then what? http://www.conventionofstates.com/handbook

  3. Brian, you are so right!! We must USE the Constitution to SAVE the Constitution!!! Americans realize that the federal government will never control itself. The solution lies in using Article V of the US Constitution to call a Convention of States to peacefully and constitutionally bring the federal government back under control of the states. I believe Governor Abbott came up with the best solution to reigning in the federal overreach. The Founders unanimously provided the balance of power to the states and that is Article V. The threat of Article V conventions alone has led to several amendments including the bill of rights. This effort is active in all 50 states. Please learn more and join the liberty loving volunteers in this amazing grassroots movement. http://www.cosaction.com/?recruiter_id=1351201

  4. God bless you sir for these fine words. I, too, believe that the only peaceful way we can bring serious change to a seriously overreaching government is through an Article V Convention of States. Thank you again!

  5. Article V is the only answer, regardless who you support in the race it’s obvious that our voices don’t matter. We the people should have the day of who is put in office, not elected officials who have their pockets lined with pay off money. This is our country, and it’s our say! Article V all the way! If you are interested contact Convention of States Project, volunteer and join the cause!

  6. Great article as we really need to repair the structure of our government back to the original intent of the constitution. The only way to do it is through Article V the convention of states project

  7. What a perfect piece! Keep up the good work. Convention of states is key to reigning In a tyrannical federal government!

  8. Yes, from a practical political point of view, Article V is the only solution to an out of control Federal Government. But just as we can’t have good government without a moral and freedom loving people, we also can’t have a successful Article V process without them. A people corrupt and deceived enough to choose Hillary and Trump as nominees is corrupt and deceived enough to not see the need to return the constitution to its original intent.

  9. The Founders unanimously provided Article V option for the states to balance the federal government’s overreach. More than 400 such state applications have been filed over the years including the first couple that led to the bill of rights. As with all amendments to the constitution 38 states (both houses) are required for ratification. This is an enormously protective requirement that has only been reached 27 or so times. The COS Project application has already been passed by 7 states and 20 or more state houses. This application is limited to 3 areas: (a) Impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government. (b) Limit the power and jurisdiction of the Federal Government. (c) Limit the terms of office for federal officials and members of Congress. Please sign E-Petition. Takes less than 20 seconds. http://www.cosaction.com/?recr… This will encourage your local state rep to become more involved in States’ rights.

  10. It looks like the RNC and DNC are headed for contentious conventions. Remember the 1968 DNC convention? Why is this? The problems facing America have been allowed to fester by a subservient Republican Congress and a tyrannical Democrat President. The 20 trillion dollar debt must be dealt with as we sink deeper into bankruptcy. Will this reconciliation be painful? There is a peaceful way to work on America’s problems provided by the Founders in Article V of the U.S. Constitution. We are working to implement this solution at conventionofstates.com. Check us out.

    1968 DNC Convention:

    https://youtu.be/9aeNJljuZcI

    http://www.cosaction.com/?recruiter_id=246073

  11. Please consider signing the petition at http://www.conventionofstates.com/ and volunteer at http://www.cosaction.com/?recruiter_id=898217

    This is our chance on bringing the States back to the table and protect the sovereign citizens of this nation. The founders projected a system of federalism. Only as a belief of corruption did the original structure get changed to what we have today. Let us stop following the definition of insanity and working to affect change through the federal government. We all complain on how CORRUPT Washington is. Election after election we are taking back our government through the states. Lets not waste this opportunity and finally get passed limitations to the abuse of power called the federal government.

    I agree with the proposed amendment ideas in the article but would love to take it one step further. It is time to repeal the 17th Amendment. Congress was never intended to be popularly elected on both sides. By eliminating the State Legislatures from electing their Senators the more our liberties will be stripped. Remember the House was the popularly elected chamber and the Senate is where two seats per state so the states like California doesn’t override Rhode Island. By repealing the 17th Amendment you aren’t taking away the vote of the American people. You are strengthening the voice for government at the local and state level is more condensed and less watered down. It is easier to lobby your state capital than your nations capital. Its a matter of distance and efficiency!!! Only in federalism will America heal and come back to the table as a leader for freedom and liberty.

  12. The applications by the states under Article V have no terms or conditions. The applications do not need to be same-subject or contemporaneous. By believing such only prevents a convention from happening. The Article V Convention (a proper noun) is nothing more than the states finding consensus, but in order to get the Congress to call it we must speak/write the truth: the states have satisfied the clause, there are over 750 applications on the Congressional Record. If we can’t get Congress to acknowledge this why would we expect them to acknowledge new applications? Learn the facts: foavc.org

  13. Definitely has been an enjoyable cup-a-jo and read. Well said, Mr. Meyers, especially you accounting of the truth of the power and authority of an Article V Convention of States.

  14. Absolutely agree with the author.

    Just as the author alludes, the Constitution’s Framers foresaw a day when the federal government would exceed and abuse its enumerated powers, thus placing our liberty at risk. George Mason was instrumental in fashioning a mechanism by which “we the people” could defend our freedom—the ultimate check on federal power contained in Article V of the Constitution. Article V provides the states with the opportunity to propose constitutional amendments through a process called a Convention of States. This process is controlled by the states from beginning to end on all substantive matters. A Convention of States is convened when 34 state legislatures pass resolutions (applications) on an agreed topic or set of topics. Obviously, this is definitely a topic that would and should be considered at the Convention of States.

    In addition to the concerns the author has:

    Do you believe in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights?

    Do you believe in the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms?
    Do you believe in State’s rights and a limited federal government?

    If you do agree with these beliefs and would like to make a difference, please consider joining the Convention of States. For more information, visit the Convention of States website at http://www.cosaction.com and sign the petition.

  15. An article V Convention of States is Constitutional and the way our Founders intended for us to handle an out of control Government. The Tenth amendment to the constitution states The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. That is why We The People must act and the way to do that is prescribed in the Constitution by an Article V Convention.Please sign the petition today here. http://www.cosaction.com/?recruiter_id=336213

  16. WOW! An amazing article! He is right. if we stay on the course we’re on we are just going to get worst. Lucky for us the Founding Fathers put in the second method of amendment ratification into the Constitution. Mr. Myers couldn’t be more correct, and if you feel the same go to conventionofstates.com to sign the petition!

  17. Our federal government has overstepped its authority. The overreach by both the executive branch and the legislative branch had been supported by decisions made by the courts. Convention Of States has an article V application that will allow delegates to propose amendments to rein in all three branches of the federal government.
    To sign the petition, volunteer, or just to get more information visit http://www.conventionofstates.com

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