Constitutionalism Lost, But Must Not Die. What's Next?

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton his Democratic rival, it seems safe to say that constitutionalism is dead, or at least comatose.


Many vocal conservatives — activists and pundits — have been clear that they do not intend to vote for Donald Trump. Many citizens have already changed their party registration from GOP to independent, or will do so in the days and weeks ahead.

I support these people completely. They are 100% right.

When a party tells you it doesn’t want you, you leave that party behind.

Conservatives have been betrayed by the Republican Party time and again. Now is the time to set yourself free — go your own way.

Having said that, constitutionalists — several identifiers cover us, such as conservative, libertarian, or conservatarian, but the unifying principle is clear — now need a strategy for going forward. You can’t throw your towel in the ring and walk away. The greatest nation in human history is at stake.

Although there are no easy answers, blogger Patrick Frey of Patterico’s Pontifications knows that the first step must be: “Organize.” Now:

Astute readers with a knowledge of history might recognize the title of this post as the title of a tract by Lenin published in 1902. His idea was to create a “vanguard” of Marxists to spread Marxist ideas. It is little known that the Bolsheviks were a relatively small movement of activists when they took over. What they lacked in numbers, they made up for in zeal and organization.

Constitutionalists hate Lenin, but there is no reason we can’t emulate his idea of a vanguard of people committed to a cause. His cause was an economic system designed to oppress and ultimately kill millions. Our cause is protecting our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Trump has made it easy for us to identify one another. If you hate Trump, it’s probably because you believe we should return to the system of our founders: a system where federal government respects the limits prescribed by the Constitution; where bureaucrats cannot form a shadow government where they act as lawmaker, judge, jury, and executioner; and where our God-given rights are truly respected and cannot be taken away at the whim of a leftist, whether they call themselves Republican or Democrat.

One thing I think I want to do is get us together in some way. I want to have a way of talking more directly to those of you who really care about changing this country and bringing us back to constitutional principles. I’ll have to figure out the logistics of this in coming days, but if you’re interested, send me an email at [email protected] with the word “Constitution” in the subject line, and I’ll add you to the list. You’ll be part of the vanguard.

What will we do? I don’t know yet. But whatever we do, we’re going to strike blows for liberty, the free market, and the Constitution.


The good news? He received email after email after email. As he wrote a few hours later:

I don’t know if I’m feeling the freedom of being unshackled from public opinion, or the challenge of an uphill battle, or what . . . but I feel invigorated and alive. Just watching the emails pour in over the last few hours, each with the word “Constitution” in the subject line, has been inspiring. I sensed you folks were out there before, but now I feel it more directly. And I look forward to talking with you more directly. Stay patient as I work through the logistics. I’ll keep blogging (and working long hours at my day job) as I prepare this effort, but now that I see the response, I know it’s worth it.

If you’re interested in building an army for the Constitution and liberty, email Patrick at [email protected], and join the constitutional vanguard. And yes, I’ve already signed up. Let’s get this thing going — whatever “this thing” may be exactly.


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