How sovereign are US states?

The U.S. government exists only to the extent of the authority delegated to it by the U.S. Constitution.  It was delegated the 18 things the States allow it to do, as listed in Article 1, section 8.

Vice President Thomas Jefferson insisted that State Citizens were subject to only three federal laws. The three crimes mentioned in the U.S. Constitution.

Back in 1798, the people living in Kentucky wanted assurance that they were free from federal law. They knew they were free from most federal laws but they remained skeptical. Vice President Thomas Jefferson reassured them in the Kentucky Resolves that, as a state, the state inhabitants are subject to only three federal laws. The three mentioned in the U.S. Constitution. Piracy, Treason and Counterfeiting.

Vice President Thomas Jefferson wrote both Kentucky Resolutions.
Full text of both Kentucky Resolutions can be found here: Kentucky Resolutions, 1798 and 1799

“… the Constitution of the United States having delegated to Congress a power to punish treason, counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States, piracies and felonies committed on the High Seas, and offenses against the laws of nations, and no other crimes whatever, and it being true as a general principle, and one of the amendments to the Constitution having also declared, “that 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,”

State inhabitants are subject to ONLY three federal laws. As a State inhabitant, YOU WERE FREE FROM FEDERAL JURISDICTION, until you surrendered.

After the Civil War, while some states were still under martial law of the Reconstruction period, the Supreme Court determined in Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2 that States must protect their people against the federal government.

Nor are State people protected by the Federal Government. Example: The first eight Amendments do not apply to States and do not protect state people, according to the U.S. Supreme Court in Twinning v. New Jersey in 1908 and in Hague v. CIO in 1939. State inhabitants are not protected by federal protections until they become federal wards. You become subject to federal laws when you voluntarily did so.

You may also be interested in studying:

  • 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.


When you volunteer into the federal government, you voluntarily submit yourself to a form of government that owes allegiance to two sovereignties.
Yes, you subjected yourself to federal law VOLUNTARILY.
The U.S. Supreme Court in the Cruikshank case, 92 U.S. 542 at 551 tells us that:

“It is the natural consequence of a citizenship which owes allegiance to two sovereignties, and claims protection from both. The citizen cannot complain, because he has voluntarily submitted himself to such a form of government.”

Pay attention to their word “voluntarily“. Your natural birth did not voluntarily submit yourself to the federal government. Contrary to a popular myth that a 14th Amendment birth is your natural birth — a 14th Amendment birth is not your natural birth — Your voluntary birth (by registration) into the federal government is how you submitted yourself.

People in the federal territories became States to free themselves from the federal government. Those who submit themselves to federal government must first deny the purpose of their state to exist. They must mutiny against the purpose that their State government was created. For proof read my essay at Freedom in America – Do Not Be Fooled by Government.

To find out how you volunteered into the federal government, read my book The Citizen Cannot Complain.


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