America is at a critical, perhaps historic, turning point. There is potential now for a catastrophic failure of ObamaCare, which means a catastrophic failure for the last Kennedy, Barack ObamaBarack ObamaFive things Clinton needs to do with her big speech A legacy on the line Senate should fix NATO's Montenegro problem MORE, and for left's American governance. Potentially we say goodbye now to the entire liberal establishment postwar: Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton and Obama, which could bring Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzWasserman Schultz drama overshadows Dem convention Juan Williams: Dems must not be complacent against Trump Guess which Cuban-American 2016 candidate best set themselves up for 2020? MORE (R) to the presidency in 2016 and raise a new political era.
President Cruz (or Perry, Pence or Gingrich) should consider a “‘Senior Brain Trust” of worthy elders — starting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and economist Art Laffer — and embrace their recently formed organization Americans for Economic Freedom, a coalition of states with low taxes to advance fair and predictable regulations and a fair legal environment. Sympathetic Republican governors could likewise meet together to discuss greater common philosophical issues like Common Core. More than 40 states hurriedly adopted Common Core, some before the standards were even written, in response to the Obama administration’s making more than $4 billion in federal grants conditional on their doing so. National Review reports that Indiana’s Gov. Mike Pence (R) has signed a bill suspending implementation. With leadership and more discussion, dozens of governors meeting in conference might now follow Pence’s example and join together as states did with the first state challenges to ObamaCare and instead suggest their own “core.”
A new conservative era should recognize that America has become a nation of pseudo or ad hoc tribes and special interests over the last century; pop culture entities without depth or substance come in with the dust and are gone with the wind. We were intended by Jefferson to be a nation of free states developing independently and competitively. This structurally fell to final descent in 1913 with the passing of the 17th Amendment, when states were no longer able to appoint their own senators and became victim to special interests and the globalist whims of Wall Street and Madison Avenue, further consolidating the centralized governance in D.C. and capital in New York. A supercommittee of governors and advisers, 12 maybe, should form and meet to discuss how this can be repaired. That is, how can the states retrieve their constitutional status again, the one equal to the other, and not be prisoners of Eastern Seaboard families and the conditioned dominance of New York media.
The president and the Senate possibly cannot help with these issues. The states and their governors have to take it.