Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the news by now: Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973) is dead. The "constitutional right" to an abortion is no more.
But veiled behind the constitutional victory of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the federal government delivered a severe blow to the Constitution with the passage of the "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act."
Even as conservatives celebrated a major milestone in the pro-life movement, swamp monsters of both parties took a sledgehammer to the Second Amendment, enacting historic, sweeping gun control measures, proving that the Swamp is, well… still the Swamp.
Sure, the U.S. Supreme Court may have handed conservatives a victory, but Washington D.C. is no hero. It’s still not on the right side of things.
This writer previously predicted that overturning Roe would be a huge victory for life and federalism. The 1973 court case was the worst in our history.
Because, it laid waste to our moral conscience concerning life; devastated our system of government. In this post-Roe era, we have the singular opportunity to redress our national failures on both counts. Echoing the words of my last Newsmax opinion piece: "the future of both the anti-abortion movement and federalism in this country looks promising, indeed."
But let’s not be lulled to sleep. The conservative fight is far from over. On the same day the Swamp restored the right to life, it also chipped away at our ability to protect and defend ourselves.
Republicans and Democrats in both the U.S. House and Senate passed, and President Joe Biden signed a gun control bill that would, most notably, incentivize states to impose controversial red flag laws.
Don’t buy the lie that red flag laws — which allow for petitioning to have firearms removed from individuals believed to be "dangerous" — are above suspicion. They may seem innocent enough. But just remember, government officials love nothing more than to demonize their political opponents — especially "scary" pro-America, liberty-loving, flag-waving patriots.
Case in point: the Jan. 6 Committee hearings.
Of course self-righteous, sanctimonious, political elites would jump at the opportunity to disarm their opponents. And the American people know this.
A recent poll from Convention of States Action and the Trafalgar Group revealed that a majority of Independent voters and 72 percent of Republicans "believe that 'red flag' gun control laws that are designed to temporarily take guns away from individuals have the potential to be abused by local authorities and government officials to disarm their political opponents and/or citizens who disagree with them."
But let’s not overcomplicate things.
Even if red flag laws were effective and government officials could be trusted to enforce them ethically, the inescapable truth is that these gun control measures would still be unlawful. The Constitution states plainly: our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Full stop. End of conversation.
I don’t mean to take away from the elation of toppling the worst case in the history of the high court; it's right that we thank God for this landslide victory. Even so, we must be honest with ourselves. Washington D.C. is still treacherous territory for conservatives.
June 24, the day on which Roe fell and the Second Amendment teetered, concurrently proved that federalism would be a lifesaver to our republic but also that our government has no intention of giving it to us.
If we want more victories like Dobbs v. Jackson (and fewer defeats like the "Safer Communities Act"), now would be the perfect time to call an Article V Convention of States.
Overturning Roe v. Wade gave us a taste of the good that would come from restoring federalism. By calling a Convention of States, we can keep the string of successes going, fettering our runaway national government once and for all.
This constitutional solution was given to us by our Founders for a moment just like this.
Once 34 states call for a convention, delegates would meet to discuss amendments reinforcing the Founders’ original intent for a constitutionally limited government.
Term limits. Restricting federal overreach. Fiscal responsibility.
These are the topics delegates would be free to consider at our limited convention.
Proposed amendments would then be sent back to the states for approval. After 38 states ratify any amendment, it would become part of the Constitution — whether the Swamp likes it or not.
The genius of this plan is that it completely bypasses Washingtonth — the one thing holding us back from federalism reborn.
The solution won’t come from Washington. Draining the Swamp, ensuring that constitutional victories like Dobbs are habitual and permanent, begins when the states take action to restore federalism.
When the states learn that waiting for the government to redeem itself is a merry chase.
So let’s celebrate this matchless victory for life. And may it be our battle cry for federalism fully realized once again. We've only just begun to win.
Mark Meckler is president of Convention of States. Read Mark Meckler's Reports — More Here.
© 2022 Newsmax. All rights reserved.