Our rights come from God. They are not privileges extended by the benevolent hand of government. God grants us life, and this fundamental right to life forms the basis for our other rights. Since we have the right to life, we also have the right to sustain life, which involves the utilization of natural resources (another gift from God, not government) to provide food, clothing, and shelter. Our stewardship over natural resources and the resultant fruits of our labor form the basis of another basic right– private property. A third element required in this equation is the liberty to acquire and control property, thus exercising our God given agency. And so we have our basic rights– Life, Liberty, and Property.
Assert state sovereignty when the federal government oversteps its bounds
Congress is granted limited powers as outlined in the Constitution. These are the only areas where Congress has the proper jurisdiction to make legislation. All other matters are specifically prohibited-- those specifically listed out in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and all others in general through the 9th and 10th Amendments. The Executive and Judicial branches do not have the power to legislate.
Idaho needs to assert its sovereignty to check the powers of the federal government when it oversteps its bounds. The resolution passed last year has no teeth. The state legislature needs to create a mechanism for declaring specific federal acts and programs unenforceable within the state of Idaho, and empower the county Sheriffs to arrest federal agents who do not comply. This would include unconstitutional laws passed by Congress, as well as other violations such as executive orders, bureaucratic rules and regulations, and legislation “from the bench”.
The federal government has too much control over state politics. Previous state leadership has allowed this by accepting federal money with all the various strings attached. We need to wean ourselves from the federal trough, or otherwise we will not be able to assert any degree of independence.
Implement sound money as required by the constitution
In Section 10 of the Constitution it reads: “No State shall... make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts”. Every state in the union is violating this clause by accepting Federal Reserve Notes, which are not backed by gold or silver coin, as tender. The state of Idaho can lead the charge in getting the federal government to abolish the Federal Reserve, a private banking cartel, and reestablish sound money.
Our economy in Idaho has suffered greatly from the economic swings created by Federal Reserve policies, especially the expansion of the money supply (inflation). We can restore a sound economy– independent from the rest of the nation, if need be– by phasing in a competing currency that satisfies constitutional requirements.
Idaho should call for the repeal of the 17th Amendment. Senators should answer to the state legislature, so that the state can send its agenda to Washington D.C.
Protect each of the rights defined in the Bill of Rights at the state level
Section 4 of the Constitution states “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”. Just as the federal government is prohibited from enacting laws that trample our God given rights, our state government should likewise protect those rights. Sadly, our state constitution is inadequate for the protection of our inherent rights. I believe that our state constitution should be rewritten or drastically amended to remove all elements of communism, socialism, fascism, and democracy.
One small example of the difference between the two constitutions is with regard to the right to keep and bear arms. The Constitution states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Idaho Constitution, on the other hand, states “The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged; but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to govern the carrying of weapons concealed on the person nor prevent passage of legislation providing minimum sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a firearm, nor prevent the passage of legislation providing penalties for the possession of firearms by a convicted felon, nor prevent the passage of any legislation punishing the use of a firearm. No law shall impose licensure, registration or special taxation on the ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition. Nor shall any law permit the confiscation of firearms, except those actually used in the commission of a felony.”
Repeal laws that contradict our republican form of government
If I were to be known for one thing as a State Senator, I would like it to be as the person who was able to get more laws repealed than any other person in the history of this country. The reason we are in the situation that we are is because we have allowed politicians to pass one unjust, unnecessary, and unconstitutional law after another. Rather than amending (which usually results in even more draconian regulations) or passing new laws to “fix” the problems with the old laws, we need to just throw out the offending laws. We need to simplify government and remove any elements that impinge on our freedom and liberty.