The U.S. government is delegated authority. The 10th Amendment says so, as does the Supreme Court, quoted below. The authors of the Constitution did NOT delegate any authority that they themselves did not have.
So how did created-equal citizens of “We The People” get any authority to delegate control over others?
Answer: They didn’t.
We are all created equal. “We The People” who created government were your equals. They were not your superiors. You have no duty to obey equals. The government is not your master.
You had no superiors until you consented to be governed. Before “citizens” (lower case c) consented to be governed, Citizens (capital C) had no subjects “and have none to govern but themselves” (quoted below).
We are all created equal. The Declaration of Independence says so. The Supreme Court says so.
“at the Revolution, the sovereignty devolved on the people; and they are truly the sovereigns of the country—but they are sovereigns without subjects (unless the African slaves among us may be so called)—and have none to govern but themselves—the citizens of America are equal as fellow citizens, and as joint tenants in the sovereignty.”
— 2 US 471, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay, Chisolm v. Georgia, 18 February 1798.
This was the decision that led to the Eleventh Amendment.
Yes, The U.S. government is delegated authority.
* 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.
“We The People” created the U.S. government by writing a Constitution and ratifying it. The U.S. government is an artificial entity. It exists in writing.
“We The People” held the truth that all men are created equal. But Civil Servants are servants. They are not masters.
Civil Servants give life to the artificial entity by swearing oaths to obey it and perpetuate it. Civil servants, by swearing to obey, are no longer equal, they are now subordinates. They consented to be governed. We call them servants. They must obey the oaths they took. For governmental purposes only.
Those who remain equal DID NOT consent to be governed, except by the laws of nature.
We The People did not legalize mutiny. Parliamentary procedure does not legalize mutiny.
Voting does not legalize mutiny.
“We The People”, all created equal, delegated to our servants the 18 things we allow the U.S. government to do. (Article 1, section 8 ).
Those who consent to be governed are governed.
So don’t consent.
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-granted 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.)
If you don’t understand liberty, then liberty is foreign to your way of thinking.
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