Election season may be over for now, but the hard work is just beginning for Americans who are intent upon reversing our nation’s slide into socialism. During the upcoming 2015 legislative cycle, legislatures in at least 21 states (including Virginia) will consider invoking their collective power under Article V to propose constitutional amendments that will get the federal beast off our backs.
Elections are critical, and they always have consequences, but the problem we face in America today is far deeper and wider than a few laws that need to be repealed or corrected by the right officeholders. The real problem is that our written Constitution has been superseded and effectively replaced by decisions of activist judges who have approved of countless congressional and presidential power grabs.
The popular, prevailing notion of an “organic Constitution” whose meaning changes with the winds of time has destroyed real federalism. In precedent after precedent, the judiciary has released the federal government from the fetters of “specific, enumerated powers” and allowed it to take up the business of regulating every single area of our lives.
As Ronald Reagan said, the choice we face in every election is “whether we believe in our capacity for self-government, or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”