They are already moving beyond America: Israel, France, Russia, China. Even Canada, Australia, Britain and the Commonwealth are strategizing. They haven't taken us seriously since the Bush-Cheney invasion of Iraq, so it has been a long time coming. But this is not a policy disorder or garden-variety partisan rancor; it is the end of things. I called it here on the eve of the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin in 2008 as it was no longer a debate in the tradition of the Democrats and the Republicans, the Ford guys and the Chevy guys. It represented a full paradigm shift for America.

There comes a moment when something comes unfettered and free as if from nowhere and brings an end to all the systems and their agents and arts that we take for granted as part of who we are and what we always expect to be. Today, passionate and vain, former Alaska Gov. Palin (R) calls for "impeachment." The urbane and eloquent Peggy Noonan at The Wall Street Journal says we are "falling apart."

"Is a nation without borders a nation?" she writes in a piece for the ages. "Washington's leaders seem to recognize what's happening as a political problem, not a real problem. That is, they betray no honest alarm. They just sort of stand in clusters and say things."

It is that moment of crisis which brings a turning, as the adults selected for governance in this matter, and border regulation is constitutionally the purview of the federal government, either don't know what to do, don't care, or surreptitiously, demonically, seek advantage. It might be fairly suggested that they don't really like the people who are already there in the states taking the direct hit, especially Texas. That last would be a reach if New York Times columnists like Gail Collins, representative speakers for the greater Northeast, didn't regularly display their contempt.

It must be said that the president, who will bask again on Martha's Vineyard (Mass.) this summer no doubt, shows no malicious intent. But beyond question, he must recognize that he does at this moment have the actual ability to destroy Texas if he so desired. It wouldn't raise an eyebrow on Martha's Vineyard. It would likely raise a cheer.

Of the border crisis says Noonan, "It's like you live in a house that's falling apart."

The call for impeachment is a cry from the heart. But something must be done and Texas Gov. Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryPerry rejects calls to sell off emergency oil reserve Harvey, Irma show the skyrocketing costs of climate change Overnight Energy: Gary Cohn to meet climate ministers at UN MORE (R) must defend his native realm. A season never passes when political and religious groups don't arrange lines of buses to bring hordes into the millions safely and soundly into Washington for advocacy or dissent. As border responsibilities are Washington's job, Perry might gather his human resources to bring all of those come here illegally now in this mysterious new "surge," tend to their immediate health and welfare needs, then bring them all to Washington and drop them off at the White House.

Then Texas, Arizona and most of the middle states who will see their economies, cultures and way of living destroyed by this unwanted and possibly intentional invasion should meet together to determine how they can control their own state and regional borders, cultures and futures.

As of today they have no right to do so. To do that would require a constitutional convention. And that is the better idea than impeachment.

Quigley is a prize-winning writer who has worked more than 35 years as a book and magazine editor, political commentator and reviewer. For 20 years he has been an amateur farmer, raising Tunis sheep and organic vegetables. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and four children. Contact him at