The closer civil government is to the people, the more responsible, responsive, and accountable it is likely to be. The Constitution, itself, in Articles I through VI, enumerates the powers which may be exercised by the federal government. Of particular importance is Article I, Section 8 which delineates the authority of the Congress.

The government was clearly established as a government of limited authority, note how it is said limited, as in not able to govern every aspect of American lives. The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution specifically provides that: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Over the last few decades, the limitations of government power imposed by the Constitution have been eroded. Preservation of constitutional government requires a restoration of the balance of authority between the federal government and the States as provided in the Constitution, itself, and as intended and construed by those who framed and ratified that document.

I pledge to be faithful to this constitutional requirement and to work to restore to the States and to the people their rightful control over legislative, judicial, executive, and regulatory functions which are not Constitutionally given as powers to the federal government.

With this in mind, I will push for the repeal of the 17th amendment, giving power of choosing Senators back to the States’ respective legislatures, work to minimize government offices (EPA, Department of Education, etc.) by removal or severe limitation of the powers granted these sorts of programs.

I also pledge that any bill that comes before me that has special interests for Senators and Congressmen to exempt them from the legislation they are trying to force on the American people will be vetoed.


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