Scope of Government

Understand the limited Scope of Government. Learn the basics. Law, government, taxes and how federal jurisdiction overrides state sovereignty. The delegated powers of government are enumerated in the Constitution.

Understand basics about the constitution, statutes, regulations and government.

Start by getting a pocket copy of the Constitution. Several organizations offer free copies. Or buy one. I have a free Constitution app on my phone. Most States require study of both State and Federal Constitutions as a prerequisite to graduation.

  • If your copy of the US Constitution says “Constitution of The United States” then cross out the word of and correct it.
  • Go through your copy of the Constitution and mark all eleven occurrences of the capitalized word Citizen (in my copy, I put a red dot in the center of the C) and notice that it is never capitalized prior to the 14th Amendment. Then mark the five occurrences of the word citizen in the 14th Amendment, where it is never capitalized (I underlined the letter c). The authors of the 14th Amendment did not forget how to use the English language. Notice that the phrase “equal protection” occurs only in the 14th Amendment.
  • Find the martial law amendments (13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 23, 24, 26) and highlight “Congress shall have power to enforce”. These are enforced by the federal government even if contrary to State constitutions.
  • In the 13th Amendment highlight the phrase “subject to their jurisdiction”. In the 14th Amendment highlight the phrase “subject to the jurisdiction”. Notice that one is singular.
  • You might also want to add notes in margins for some dates. Such as the British “surrender” at Yorktown, signing of the Peace Treaty, signing of the Articles of Confederation, the due date of Franklin’s 18 Million Lira war debt, the signing of the Constitution, Washington’s oath of office, ratification of the Bill of Rights, and other important amendments that affect you. And dates when the US Capital moved to eight locations (or at least NYC) before it moved to the District of Columbia.
  • The Constitution is delegated authority (the root word of authority is author). Even the 10th Amendment says it is delegated. It was delegated in writing by “We The People”. They did not delegate any authority that they did not themselves have — such as authority to tax your neighbor, cancel their marriage, license their travel, restrict them from using life-saving medicine without your licensed pharmacy permission, cancel their debts (bankruptcy), require a wage authorization number to get a job, etc.
  • The things the federal government is authorized to do are listed in Article 1, section 8. These enumerated powers are the limit of the Scope of Government.

Download a copy of the Articles of Confederation.

Get a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Highlight some phrases in your copy.

  • “Laws of Nature”
  • “all men are created equal”,
  • “endowed by their Creator”,
  • “governments are instituted among men”
  • “Mankind are more disposed to suffer while evils are suferable”,
  • “usurpations”,
  • “absolute Tyranny”,
  • “swarms of officers to harass our people”,
  • “pretended legislation”,
  • “abolishing our most valuable Laws”,
  • “declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever”,
  • “unwarranted jurisdiction over us”.

Notice that your over-regulated life is the same as the 1776 insufferable evils mentioned in the Declaration of Independence. Do you see any difference between 1776 and today’s reasons for “instituting new Government” ?

“The canon of construction which teaches that legislation of Congress, unless a contrary intent appears, is meant to apply only within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States”

— US Supreme Court in Foley Brothers v. Filardo, 336 U.S. 281:

The term “United States” may be used in any one of several senses. [1] It may be merely the name of a sovereign occupying the position analogous to that of other sovereigns in the family of nations. [2] It may designate the territory over which the sovereignty of the United States extends, or [3] it may be the collective name of the states which are united by and under the Constitution.
– U.S. Supreme Court, Hooven & Allison Co. vs Evatt, 324 U.S. 652 (1945)

The Buck Act extends federal jurisdiction to anyone receiving federal benefits.

Read my essay on Civics. Link.

Read my essay IRS Taxing Authority, Just the Basics. Link.

Read my essay Gun Control in the U.S. — Just the Basics. Link.

Authority of Natural Law
GOVERNMENT A power delegated for the Happiness of Mankind Conducted by wisdom justice and mercy

“GOVERNMENT. A power delegated for the happiness of mankind, conducted by wisdom, justice and mercy.”

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