Mike Kolls (L) for Congress
United States House of Representatives
Article I Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States enumerates the tasks delegated to Congress by The People.
Article I Section 8 is a finite list. The master list of tasks/authority is referenced by Amendment IX, the cornerstone of our Constitution.
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
- Amendment IX
Full and final authority resides with WE THE PEOPLE.
Remember, the states formed a confederation, the federal Union - a confederation, NOT a consolidation. This arrangement has been obliterated by Progressivism and the march of BIG gov't.
I advocate a return to strong Sovereign States.
The highlights from these crucial writings of the young republic.
- The new federal government would not divest states of their authority.
- States to administer ordinary administration of criminal and civil justice
- Agriculture is subject to local legislation
- The federal Union is given enumerated duties by The People
- The last resort a remedy must be obtained from The People
- The States will retain, under the proposed Constitution, a very extensive portion of active sovereignty
- The States will address:
- Ordinary course of affairs
- Concern [protect] the lives, liberties, and property
- [Provide] Internal order in times of peace and security
- The federal government will be disinclined to invade the rights of the individual States
- Unwarrantable measures of the federal government may cause the people to refuse cooperation
- State governments, with The People on their side, would be able to repel the federal army
- The powers proposed for the federal government are little compared to those reserved to the individual States
- Accumulation of power into the same hands is tyranny
Our next Supreme Court Justice?
Duties NOT explicitly assigned to the federal gov’t in The Constitution of the United States rest with The People (Amendment IX) and secondly with the sovereign states (Amendment X).
We The People! and States’ Rights.
Can Progressives advance their agenda state-by-state? … an interesting development in 2017.
Social issues belong to THE PEOPLE and their community.
I will NOT fund anything that increases the size, scope, or reach of the federal gov't.
Second, the following list is delegated to The House for action:
Neither force of Law,
For The SenateThe Senate has primary responsibility for all activities involving other sovereign nations. I cannot influence policy directly.
I will NOT fund international programs/activities that diminish or challenge our national sovereignty.
Again, relations with other sovereign nations are the Senate’s bailiwick. Nonetheless,
I will NOT fund any infringement upon OUR sovereignty or the sovereignty of any other nation.
Mr Jefferson’s declaration (right) is my starting point for foreign affairs, a definite Westphalian approach.
We, the United States, are NOT the world’s policemen. A hard lesson, but a certain truth.
We are also NOT the world’s problem solver. A lesson we are learning… I hope...
Nation security would be more effective if we approached other nations as equal, sovereign nations… to pursue them as trading partners, NOT as military targets. We are NOT mercenaries, nor thugs. Foreign affairs are NOT military adventurism/engagements. Cooperation is far more effective than conflict.
Our leadership should be by example, NOT via coercion.
"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws." - Plato |
"Each law creates new criminals" - Mike Kolls
As a US Representative I will only vote for legislation that:
If gov't cannot "act" because of the constraints above, how does anything get done? The Free Market!