by Steven D. Miller
If we are all created equal, why do others regulate every decision we make? Answer: we are equal until we consent to be governed. There are two ways to consent: take benefits or swear oaths. If you had known the Laws of Nature and the Laws of Nature’s God you would not have followed cleverly devised fables.
This article is a basic introduction to the idea that you might not be subject to most government laws. It is not my intent to overwhelm you with all these facts, so just pay attention to the basic facts. Study them one at a time.
- After all, the Bible tells us to obey God, not man. When Must a Christian Obey Government?
- After all, Vice President Jefferson told us that people in States were subject to only three federal laws — the three crimes mentioned in the Constitution — piracy, treason, counterfeiting, “and no other crimes whatever”.
- John Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, in paragraph 57: “for nobody can be under a law, which is not promulgated to him”
- And the Bible tells us not to take benefits from government, and to not swear oaths. It is your duty to care for your civil servants, not the other way around. Above all things, do not swear oaths (James 5:12. Oaths are only taken to superiors Hebrews 6:16).
- And Christ told us that a future Christian government is not to be like the benefactors of the pagans who rule one over the other. Luke 22:25.
- “Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them”.
Truth: all men are created equal
The Declaration of Independence 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, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. “
Created equal under the laws of nature
The terminology created equal came from a 1775 British law textbook Commentary on The Laws of England which explained the laws of nature — these are considered by the Supreme Court to be part of the received-law-of-the-land. In the introduction to this 4 volume law textbooks there is a summary of the law of nature and how man’s laws must conform to the natural law:
“… no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this: and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original.. … Neither could any other law possibly exist; … for we are all equal, without any other superior but him who is the author of our being.”
God’s will is enforced by those who love Him enough to obey it. Just as Blackstone so eloquently explained “as man depends absolutely upon his maker for every thing, it is necessary that he should in all points conform to his maker’s will.” — so seek your maker’s will. If you refuse to seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33) by turning to cleaver fables, taking benefits, or swearing oaths then you have consented to be governed. Every Law Dictionary will tell you “The civil laws reduce an ungrateful freedman to his original slavery” Libertinum ingratum leges civiles in pristinam servitutem redigunt.
The Maxim of Law remains with us today: Legibus sumptis desinentibus, lege naturae utendum est. When laws of the state fail, we must resort to the laws of nature.
Understand your equality BEFORE you consent to be governed by your fellow man
We are all equal under the laws of nature. The first sentence of the Declaration of Independence (linked above) says that The Laws of Nature and Laws of Nature’s God entitle the United States to exist.
If you don’t swear allegiance and don’t take benefits, you can remain equal under the laws of nature as a non-citizen. The best example is the people who did not participate in the Revolutionary War.
Non-Citizens were equal to the U.S. government
Most people living in the American British Colonies did not have allegiance to the rebellious patriots who wanted to dissolve the political bands to their British government. The rebellious patriots wanted to ignore laws and use force and violence to kill the government law enforcers.
The American Revolutionary War (from April 19, 1775 at Lexington to the September 03, 1783 peace treaty). About 3% of the population served in George Washington’s army against the British. About 20 percent of the colonists were Loyalists and were loyal to England and King George. There were a few patriots for whom there was no alternative because they would be executed — they dedicated their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to the cause of freedom from government. The remainder were neutral enough to avoid risking death for either side.
1783 Peace Treaty signed in Paris (by Ben Franklin, John Adams and John Jay)
1784 Peace Treaty ratified by both sides
1787 Constitution signed
1788 Constitution ratified by 9 of 13 states
1789 current U.S. Government began when George Washington took his oath-of-office.
1800 U.S. Capitol moved to Washington DC.
North Carolina’s 1796 Supreme Court ruling about citizens’ right to use legislated laws —
“It will not be denied, and is admitted by the pleadings, that the Plaintiff previous, to the Revolution resided in this country; after the establishment of the present form of government he can be considered but in one of these two lights, as one who refused to become a member of the new government, continuing his allegiance to the King of Great-Britain, or as a citizen. When a change of government takes place, from a monarchical to a republican-government, the old form is dissolved. Those who lived under it, and did not chuse to become members of the new, had a right to refuse their allegiance to it, and to retire elsewhere. By being a part of the society subject, to the old government, they had not entered into any engagement to become subject to any new form the majority might think proper to adopt. That the majority shall prevail, is a rule posterior to the formation of government, and results from it. It is not a rule binding upon mankind in their natural state. There, every man is independent of all laws, except those prescribed by nature. He is not bound by any institutions formed by his fellow-men without his consent. The Plaintiff here is not stated by the plea ever to have become a citizen or member of North Carolina. The fact is that he never was a citizen. Had that fact been stated, we should have replied to it. As he still remained a subject of the King of Great-Britain, then although the intervention of war suspended his right to commence an action in our courts, that was but a temporary obstacle, ceasing with the war which caused it ; his right revived when the war ended.”— CRUDEN v. NEALE. 2 N.C. 338 (1796) 2 S.E. 70
U.S. Supreme Court:
” in the implied compact between the State and the citizen, certain rights are reserved by the latter which are guarantied by the constitutional provision protecting persons against being deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, and with which the State cannot interfere;”…
“, our system of government, based upon the individuality and intelligence of the citizen, does not claim to control him except as to his conduct to others, leaving him the sole judge as to all that only affects himself.”… As was said in Munn v. Illinois, 94 U. S. 124, while power does not exist with the whole people to control rights that are purely and exclusively private, Government may require “each citizen to so conduct himself, and so use his own property, as not unnecessarily to injure another.”
Mugler v. Kansas 123 US 623,660 (1888)
Braveheart William Wallace knew enough to not swear oaths to government. His famous last word can still ring true today. How about you, when will you take a stand?
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“in questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.”
— Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, 17 November 1798
“…there be no sanction or penalty imposed upon one because of his exercise of constitutional rights..”
— U.S. Supreme Court: Sherar v. Cullen, 481 F.2d 945 (1973)