The Great American Eclipse
It begins the morning of Monday, August 21, 2017 on the rocky coast of northern Oregon, and it slowly moves east across Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina, before leaving us in South Carolina. It will be the most viewed celestial event in our history. Americans will gather in its path to see a total eclipse of the sun in its entirety for the first time in nearly 40 years. No one alive today has ever seen, or ever will, a total eclipse, which crosses our whole country from coast to coast, so it's rightfully called the Great American Eclipse. For over two minutes, the sun will disappear, and a strange twilight will cover the earth and sky. Then the sun will re-emerge, and a beautiful summer day in America resumes.
Let it be a metaphor for the Great American Revival, which begins in 2017, as the WTF election of 2016 has ended and the Clinton crime family reoccupies the White House. We will have elected a woman who lies congenitally, and her election will be widely seen as somehow illegitimate. It will be as though we really didn't have a choice.
Pat Buchanan thinks a Clinton victory would be a bad moon rising and the time for pitchforks, tar, and feathers will be upon us. It would be a time for an American Spring, for as John F. Kennedy said, "those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable." Pat is suggesting civil unrest from the American Heartland, as opposed to the unrest of its enemies.
Part of his despair is the packing of the Supreme Court by Hillary Clinton. The Second Amendment, and the Heller decision, will be the first casualty. The two are the same. Clinton does, in fact, want to repeal the 2nd Amendment. The Heller decision is the 2nd Amendment. If the right to keep and bear arms refers to the right to join a state-sponsored militia, the 2nd Amendment isn't worth the paper it's written on. Heller affirms the plain meaning, and clear intent of the authors of the 2nd Amendment. The right to keep and bear arms is the individual right of every American. And we will not lose it. The First American Revolution was sparked by the attempt of the British to disarm the Minutemen. If there is to be a Second, it will start the same way.
Any serious attempt to disarm the American people would result in the secession of Alaska from the Union, and a lot of states would join it. But that's not on the horizon for a while. They'll start chipping away at the 2nd Amendment and enforce its repeal only in stages. So there's still time.
Once we've lost the Supreme Court for a generation, it will be time to have a serious conversation about the structure, size, and scope of the federal government. For this discussion to be meaningful, and fruitful, it must take place at an Amendment Convention called by two thirds of our State Legislatures. The Convention of States campaign has eight of the required 34. The scope of the call under the language of the Convention of States Resolutions would allow a CoS Amendment Convention to propose an Amendment that, if ratified, would allow the states to overturn a decision of the Supreme Court by a vote of a supermajority. The decision that overturns Heller would, itself, be overturned, by a vote of the states.
It's a long way from eight to 34, and the CoS approach needs a boost, which would come from a successful Balanced Budget Amendment Convention. The BBA Article V movement has 28, and, if Trump doesn't cost us some state legislatures, we could get to 34 next year. CoS would be right behind us, and this could be the defining political issue of the early twenty-first century.
A loss to Clinton isn't the end. It's the beginning of a movement to overturn the result of that election. A New Tea Party, bigger and better than ever. Except this time, it's got a specific agenda – the use of Article V to save our country.
That's what it's designed for. That's why the Framers put it in the Constitution. It's our last best hope.
Fritz Pettyjohn was chairman of Reagan for President, Alaska, and blogs daily at ReaganProject.com.