Marshall's Tenets

The form of any organization, to be effective, must follow closely the function - the purpose for which it is intended. The corollary to this maxim is that the purpose of an organization can be divined by studying the form of it.

Any analysis of the US or any State Government must consider the purpose for which it was formed. This is true of the West Virginia Government whose founding document, the WV Constitution states, "The state of West Virginia is, and shall remain, one of the United States of America.  The constitution of the United States of America, and the laws and treaties made in pursuance thereof, shall be the supreme law of the land."  Because the West Virginia Constitution recognizes the US Constitution as "the supreme Law of the Land" it must also presume the purpose of the US Constitution as the purpose for the WV Constitution.

The purpose for the US Government founded by the US Constitution can be found in the US Declaration of Independence which formally announced the emergence of a free and independent American People distinct from any other nation or government and states "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..." The American People formed the US Government to secure the "certain" and "unalienable Rights" with which they were "endowed by their Creator." The People of West Virginia formed our State and laid its foundation upon the same principles. This fact is underscored by the historical context of the founding of West Virginia in the US Civil War. West Virginia took a stand against slavery; and so, the People of West Virginia stood for the principles upon which the US Constitution was established.

These principles - that all Men (persons) are created equal (in intrinsic value), that they are endowed by their Creator (not by other Men or by governments) with certain (defined and definite) unalienable (inseparable from the individual person by dint of its being endowed by their Creator) Rights (unquestionable legal, moral, and ethical prerogatives otherwise known as "Natural Rights") - that among these (Rights) are Life (the prerogative to exist), Liberty (the prerogative to form and act upon intent without seeking the permission of any other Man or government), and the pursuit of Happiness (the prerogative to dispose of intrinsic and acquired resources), and that governments (specifically the US and WV Governments) are instituted to secure these Rights, shape the Constitutions which form the foundations and superstructures of each government.

In order to secure the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by our Creator and to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our grandchildren, we must establish Constitutional governance in West Virginia. In so doing, we will necessarily build a free, just, prosperous, and secure land.

I will stand, and where I stand I will restore the Republic.

When you hire me to serve you and the Principles of Liberty as your Governor, the Chief Executive of the WV Government, I will audit each department of the Executive Branch for conformity to the US and WV Constitutions, WV Code (State Law), budgetary limitations, the principles of effective operation, and good customer service practices. I will then work diligently to bring each of those departments into strict compliance with the previously stated requirements and work closely with the WV Legislature to update any WV Law which contradicts the Constitution or the principles upon which it was founded. Once I have completed these tasks, the West Virginia Government will have been rendered a highly effective tool to secure the Natural Rights of all West Virginians and an impediment to any who might wish to employ its power against his neighbors.

It is well past time to press the WV Government into service for all West Virginians and to remove it forever from the hands of the few unscrupulous would-be oligarchs.

My single motive is to ensure that my kids have the opportunity to raise their kids in a free, just, prosperous, and secure land.