"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." -- The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Those who see the corruption and abuse of power that permeates Washington, DC, while ignoring the corruption in our state capitals, are making a terrible mistake.
Tenth Amendment supporters need to take the time and effort to extend the crucial principles and the indispensable logic of that great amendment to the state level. If powers are not granted by We the People to our state governments via our state constitutions, those powers do not legitimately exist. For the states to claim and exercise them is a lawless usurpation and tyranny.
One last thing: No government, national or otherwise, has any legitimate power to violate the God-given, unalienable, equal rights of the individual person. In the case of those rights, governments - all governments - possess only the absolute, imperative duty to defend. Nothing else. Because the fulfillment of that duty is the primary reason all governments, and all government offices, exist.
That assertion is the foundation stone of our national political creed:
"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 Declaration of Independence