The U.S. government's authority is delegated only by the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. government has no authority beyond what the Laws of Nature allow. "We The People" delegated authority to the government they created. Voters and legislators cannot change the pre-existing authority into something else.
The 10th amendment says that governmental authority is delegated by the Constitution.
The legislative rules cannot be used to grant authority they were never delegated. They cannot use parliamentary procedure to falsely justify "we followed our rules and we agreed to commit mutiny."
Congressmen swore oaths-of-office to uphold the constitution. They cannot then suggest an amendment to change what they swore to uphold. This would be mutiny.
It is NOT a natural order of society to live under a centralized government.
It IS the natural order of society to live under the laws of nature and of Nature's God. Governments are instituted among men to secure these natural rights.
- We did not have a central government for the first ten books of the Bible. We had family (patriarchal) government that ruled by love, not a central government that ruled by force, fear and violence. Electing a King was evil in the eyes of the Lord (First Samuel 12:17).
- Christ, at the last supper, told his apostles that they were not to rule like the princes who take orders from a top-down organization to bestow benefits. Not so among you.
- When the original 13 States wrote their Constitutions, Liberty was freedom from all known methods of compulsion. And government are instituted among men to secure these rights. To secure the blessings of liberty. [If this does not describe YOUR government, find out why].
The laws of nature and of nature's God require us to manage our own affairs and protect our neighbors. But we didn't want these responsibilities, so we created government to manage our affairs and protect our neighbors. Unfortunately, rights only come with responsibilities.
Societies created State governments by writing their Constitutions. They delegate specific duties to their future civil servants for their society's purposes. -- And nobody else. Only those participating in their political society were subject to their laws and protected by their laws. Natives, foreigners, and tourists remain subject to the Laws of Nature. They are outside the venue of government. And criminals, paupers, vagabonds and fugitives lose their political rights, if they had any.
State governments are artificial entities created on paper (often called a compact, charter or constitution) by representatives of society. Then people who want to be inferior to the artificial entity will swear oaths-of-office to perform the delegated (by their constitution) duties of the artificial entity.
Those who swore oaths-of-office were appointed (by an election) to be guardians of the Constitution that created their office. They ARE NOT owners of the laws they swore to uphold. IT IS NOT THEIRS to change.
U.S. Government authority is ONLY delegated by the Constitution. (the tenth Amendment says so, as does the U.S. Supreme Court, quoted later) It cannot change. Nobody who swears an oath to uphold something can commit mutiny by suggesting that it be changed. Article 5 only allows amendments TO, not OF, the constitution.
- There is no other authority. Laws that are passed must conform to their oaths-of-office.
- WE CANNOT VOTE TO CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION.
- It is a crime to fraudulently induce a legislator to falsify a bill to change something he has no authority to change.
People in the federal territories wrote their constitutions to free themselves from federal jurisdiction. [see quote from Vice President Thomas Jefferson, later]. The Federal Government does not control the people. People in the states have no dealings with the federal government. They are protected by their States from all known methods of compulsion.
YOU are not subject to any federal laws until you volunteer. Don't volunteer.
The U.S. Government's sovereignty is from "We The People" who wrote the Constitution. It extends to the furthest limit of the authority delegated by the U.S. Constitution, to the actors who swear oaths-of-office to be the subordinates. And no further. "We The People" delegated to them the 19 things they were allowed to do. These are enumerated in Article 1, section 8.
Sovereignty is not from government.
- US Supreme Court in Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 US 356, page 370: "While sovereign powers are delegated to ... the government, sovereignty itself remains with the people.."
- US Supreme Court in Julliard v. Greenman: 110 US 421: "there is no such thing as a power of inherent sovereignty in the government of the United States. It is a government of delegated powers, supreme within its prescribed sphere, but powerless outside of it. In this country, sovereignty resides in the people, and congress can exercise no power which they have not, by their constitution, intrusted to it; all else is withheld."
- US Supreme Court in Luther v. Borden, 48 US 1, at page 47: "No one, we believe, has ever doubted the proposition that, according to the institutions of this country, the sovereignty in every State resides in the people of the State, and that they may alter and change their form of government at their own pleasure."
[they were speaking of overthrowing government and writing a new constitution, not amending it to mean something different. See Lincoln quote, later.]
- Under our Constitution, in 1798, Vice President Thomas Jefferson reassured the people of Kentucky that they were free from all federal laws, except for the three crimes mentioned in the Constitution, "and no other crimes whatever". He went on to say "(and all other their acts which assume to create, define, or punish crimes other than those enumerated in the Constitution) are altogether void and of no force, and that the power to create, define, and punish such other crimes is reserved, and of right appertains solely and exclusively to the respective States, each within its own Territory."
- We are all created equal. Equals have no duty to obey other equals. Equals would never salute another equal. Equals would never swear oaths to other equals. We are all created equal. We remain equal until we swear oaths (under penalty of perjury) to a superior.
- We are born free. With Creator-endowed unalienable rights. Governments are instituted among men to secure those unalienable rights. We are born with the three rights of all mankind. These rights could never be "required by the laws of society to be sacrificed to public convenience ... " The preservation of these rights, inviolate, secured the preservation of civilized society (according to the introduction to the 1769 book Blackstone's Commentaries on the Law, Book 4 -- this link is to an 1803 revision that includes American law.) READ IT.
- If you were to actually read what our rights were when the States wrote their constitutions you would notice The purpose of government was to protect your God-given (Creator-endowed) free will from all known methods of compulsion.
- Abraham Lincoln, in his First Inaugural Address, told us that whenever citizens "grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it." If you don't understand why a president would tell citizens they can overthrow government, then you do not understand sovereignty. You have been blinded by lies.
- Andrew Jackson survived three duels BEFORE we elected him as President. His campaign slogan was "the common man". It is a constitutional right for a common man to settle his disputes without government. Government cannot interfere. Don't be fooled. Yes, the common voter, living in liberty, respects a man who risks death defending his honor. In a free nation, Andrew Jackson earned enough respect to be elected as a defender of everyone's honor.
We the people are the jura summi imperii to which our civil servants owe allegiance. Those who created a government are responsible for controlling what they create. This authority was passed to you, but you didn't want it. You actively rejected the authority. Your actions speak louder than your words.
We are no longer free. We do not have any of the three rights of all mankind. That is what this book is all about.
Read my essay The Constitution cannot be changed.