It has been an observation of mine throughout my adult life; most good people tend to pride themselves on being "law abiding citizens". We obey every law, edict, court decision, Executive Order, and order from anyone that is vested with any level of authority. From dog catcher to President, every bureaucrat knows that good citizens can always be relied on to be good, faithful, and obedient; doing anything the bureaucracy demands of them or permits in the name of law. They may protest unjust laws but will still obey them until the authorities listen to their pleas and either change the law or abolish it. When government refuses to repeal or modify unjust laws, most people shrug their shoulders, complain about how politicians and lawyers are crooks, and continue complying; fearful that if they don't, law enforcement will take everything they have or their life for resisting.
Increasingly since the War Between the States, even the consideration of non-compliance of unjust laws has been abandoned; after all, good citizens are obedient citizens, aren't they? The concept of non-compliance with tyranny is being considered again but the People are still looking to their state government to lead the charge. As a People, we still have not returned to our revolutionary beginnings; individuals rising up despite the risks and saying no in spite of what governments say or do. Sure, there will always be followers that will support the status quo, no matter how tyrannical or wicked it is, especially those that profit from the tyranny; liberty has never depended upon the majority or even necessarily a large minority, but individuals who are faithful to their Creator and defend the Rights endowed to them against those that would seek to abolish them. Remember, our Natural Rights are inherent; a part of our very being. Those that seek to destroy your ability to exercise or defend your Natural Rights are attacking everything you are or ever hope to be.
All of our lives we have been trained, like dogs, to obey authority and do what we've been taught is legal with little consideration for what is lawful for the bureaucracy. The constitutions, state and federal, define the structure of and the powers we granted to government in order to secure our Natural Rights, as well as clearly defining limitations of those powers by further prohibiting that government from attacking our Natural Rights through a Bill of Rights; a document that, like the constitutions themselves, does not grant us our Natural Rights but makes it abundantly clear to government they must not attack them. The preamble of the Bill of Rights pretty much spells it out:
"The conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added."
The Declaration of Independence established the "Laws of Nature and Nature's God" to be the foundation of the new republic of states dissolving our political connections with Great Britain. Did we not sever our political connection as well as our legal system with the mother country? According to what I see in the Declaration of Independence, we replaced English Common Law with Natural Law, completely severing ties with the monarchy and the legal system developed for centuries under it. When you consider the origins of English Common Law, within a monarchial political system, how could we dissolve our political bonds while maintaining its legal system? Such a supposition is ridiculous when you consider the men and what they hazarded to secure their independence from the Crown. Further evidence is presented by their admission and ratification of an amendment to the Constitution that not only prohibited Titles of Nobility by foreign princes but also put substantial teeth into the prohibition:
"If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them." – Constitution for the United States of America, Amendment 13.
The words "citizens of the United States" in this context are sworn officers of government serving UNDER the Constitution, which includes officers of the courts. Unlike the People, who are sovereign in America, public servants are UNDER the Constitution and serve the People while in office, they DO NOT have the same status as the People of the Several States while serving in office. In fact, the Constitution does not require any of the People to do anything, only their servants while serving in office. Public officials either elected or appointed, claiming protection under the 5th Amendment while under investigation for abusing their authority and attacking our rights shouldn't have that protection while serving under the Constitution; during their term in office, they are and should always be fully and completely accountable to We the People for their actions. The District of Columbia and everything under its lawful jurisdiction do not operate under the same rules as the Several States and the People within them; our servants therein should have nowhere to hide, legally or physically, if they attack the Natural Rights of those they're sworn to secure them for.
"To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; — And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof." Constitution for the United States of America, Article I, Section 8, clauses 17 and 18.
So you see, there is no limitation of the power of Congress within the District of Columbia and Places within its jurisdiction, which does NOT lawfully include the Several States or the People within them. In my opinion, anyone that desires to be a citizen of the United States has some serious problems; the Bill of Rights isn't even a speed bump, since the Convention never intended for there to be anything other than actively serving public officers to be citizens of the United States.
The preamble of the Constitution for the United States of America does not start with the words, "We the Citizens". Isn't it time we stopped being law abiding citizens of the United States and returned to being one of the Sovereign People of the Several States; People jealous of their Natural Rights as our Creator intended for us to be? Live free or die…
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