Americans, by wide majorities, agree that Washington is broken, so let’s send power back to the people and back to the states. Republicans should support convening a constitutional convention to pass term limits, a balanced-budget amendment and restraints on the Commerce Clause, which has given the federal government far more regulatory power than the Founders intended.
The federal government has become too unwieldy, too powerful and too distant—precisely the problem that the Constitution was designed to avoid. The breakdown of our constitutional system isn’t a theoretical discussion. It’s affecting every American in real ways. Republicans’ job is to make a compelling case for change and then help citizens regain power over their lives, from the bottom up.
A Constitutional Convention is a risky venture because once we open up the document for wholesale revision, it is unlikely that the convention will restrain itself to only modifying the things on Bush’s list. But frankly, the courts have “interpreted” parts of the Constitution unrecognizable from its original intent. A convention is the only way to wrench it back into a recognizable form.