Our Founders' Warning: “Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” (Thomas Jefferson)

2: States’ Responsibility for Solution

This State recognizes its responsibility to help produce a solution to these problems:

  1. The U.S. Declaration of Independence holds that “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive … it is the Right of the People to alter … it.”
  2. In Federalist #85, the Founding Fathers recognized that “the persons delegated to the administration of the national government will always be disinclined to yield up any portion of the authority of which they were once possessed.” They wrote the Constitution certain that “we may safely rely on the disposition of the State legislatures to erect barriers against the encroachments of the national authority.”
  3. In their wisdom, the Founding Fathers included in Article V a second method of amending the U.S. Constitution so that the States could resolve these types of problems, which are otherwise unsolvable by constitutional means.
  4. This State’s Constitution states:
    1. Article [?], Section [?]: “All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”
    2. Article [?] Section [?]: “All Elections shall be free and equal, and no power, civil or military, shall at any time interfere to prevent the free exercise of the right of suffrage.”
    3. Article [?], Section [?]: “The first power reserved by the people is the initiative.”

Explanation of States’ Responsibility for Solution

This summarizes why state legislators have responsibility to find a solution to the problems. They have all take oaths of office to uphold their state duties. A covenant exists in each state between the people’s consent to the States’ political power and the state’s guarantees to protect the people’s rights. This is a proper contract since the people have transferred many of their rights to the state. This is explicitly stated in one form or another in every State Constitution and every State has an absolute obligation to protect its people’s rights.