For many years we have allowed our politicians to bend the constitution to a point where it is often unrecognizable. If that wasn’t bad enough our citizens are sometimes unaware of this fact because constitutional principals are often treated as a simple footnote in our federally regulated public schools.
When it comes to the 10th amendment the founding fathers felt strongly about the states ability to make regional decisions on their own and not being subjected by powers from a distant capital. This is a concept that I absolutely agree on. Just a casual review of the violations of the 10th amendment shows that the founding fathers were more than correct in their decision.
Allow me to start with the Environmental Protection Agency. During my campaign I have highlighted the fact that the EPA has evolved into a legislative branch of the United Nations. It is no longer the simple agency that focused on cleaning up our lakes, air, and war time toxic dumps. It has now evolved into this massive power that can sweep in and take your property if a wild rare patch of grass is discovered and deemed endangered. This is no joke. The EPA teaming up with the endangered species act shut down the San Joaquin valley in California due to a small two inch fish that was deemed endangered. Thousands of people were immediately unemployed and hundreds of square miles of crops died. The People were powerless in this decision and it was a clear violation of the 10th amendment.
Another example is the founding of the Department of Education. In my opinion this department is unconstitutional and a failure. Every since it opened its doors, education standards have dropped to a despicable level when compared to the decades before its founding. Education should be a local state issue not a federal issue. To make a long story short the Federal government has no business as per the 10th amendment to be involved in delegating education, energy, environmental issues, and a host of others to the individual states.
My pledge to the people of Washington State and to this country is “I will review every single Federal regulation, department, plan, or what ever they call it. If it is not deemed constitutionally sound, I will do whatever I can to eliminate it.”