As a Constitutionist, I am VERY committed to the concept of limited government at both Federal and State levels.
a. The Federal Government
The United States of America was clearly established as a union of states with a government of limited authority. The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. 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.”
Further, the United States of America was established as a republic. Most of the Amendments after the “Bill of Rights” should be repealed as they began the centralization and empowering of the federal government. The 17th Amendment changed the way Senators were elected, which changed to whom they were accountable. There is a current drive to change our country from a RepresentativeRepublic to a “Democracy,” which has been accurately described as “Mob Rule.” There are people who say that we should do away with the redundancy of state government to save on tax dollars. Well, they are exactly 180 degrees wrong! We should do away with the redundancy of the federal government, declare “State Sovereignty” and get back to the Constitutional Form of government as described in the Tenth Amendment. James Madison wrote:
"If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor; they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads; in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation down to the most minute object of police, would be thrown under the power of Congress...
Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America."
b. The State Government
First, the state government needs to take control of its own responsibilities, instead of allowing the federal government to usurp its authority. The problem of all of our woes is that it all revolves around the almighty dollar. For example, we have a state department of education and a federal department of education. We pay taxes that support both of these entities. However, the tax money we pay to the federal government is held hostage to regulations such as “Separation of Church and State” and “No Child Left Behind.” The federal government says it will not give the state money unless the state adheres to their regulations. This is tyranny at its finest.
Secondly, there are many departments and agencies within the state of Illinois that need to be constitutionally eradicated, with the authority returned back to “We the People.” There are over 100 different jurisdictions within the state of Illinois. Each, of these jurisdictions, is better able to handle most of the tasks currently controlled by the state. Overseeing programs such as education needs to be returned to these local governments (Such as county and municipal school boards) where control is in the hands of “We the People.” The state needs to quit robbing the poor and giving our hard earned tax dollars to the rich at the expense of our children. We need to leave the money in the communities, who know how to best spend it.