Jack Jackson, candidate for the 26th senatorial district, is the first Missourian to sign our pledge. Congratulations, Jack. And thanks for putting your good name on the line for the citizens of the Great State of Missouri.
The pledge that the Mr. Jackson signed reads as follows:
As a public office holder, or a candidate for public office, I affirm that:
1. All just political authority is derived from the People, and government may only be
established and maintained with their consent.
2. The People of each State have the sole and exclusive right and power to govern themselves
in all areas not delegated to their government.
3. A government without limits is a tyranny.
4. The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has
been delegated by the people to the federal government in the Constitution, and also that which
is necessary and proper to advancing those powers specifically enumerated in the Constitution
of the United States. The rest is to be handled by the state governments, or by the people
themselves, as they determine.
5. In order for a federally-exercised power to be “necessary and proper” it must be a) something
that, without which, would make the enumerated power impossible to exercise, and b) a lesser
power than that which has been enumerated
6. The “Interstate Commerce Clause” in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, does not permit
Congress to regulate matters that merely affect commerce among the States. It only permits
Congress to regulate trade among the States.
7. The phrase, “general Welfare,” in Article I, Section 8 does not authorize Congress to enact
any laws it claims are in the “general Welfare” of the United States. The phrase sets forth the
requirement that all laws passed by Congress in Pursuance of the enumerated powers of the
Constitution shall also be in the general Welfare of the United States. This was affirmed by
James Madison in Federalist #41: “With respect to the words "general welfare," I have always
regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal
and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there
is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”
8. The federal government is not authorized to tax the People to raise monies for
unconstitutional purposes. Likewise, the federal government is not authorized to condition
funding to State or local governments on compliance with mandates which require them to do
what the federal government is not authorized to do directly.
9. When Congress enacts laws and regulations that are not made in Pursuance of the powers
enumerated in the Constitution, the People are not bound to obey them.
10. When the federal government exceeds its Constitutional authority, a nullification of the act is
the rightful remedy. Without that remedy, the People would be living in a tyranny, under the
unlawful and excessive control of one or more branches of the federal government.