Now, let's address your Fourteenth Amendment misinformation.
Posted By: ironman1315
Date: Saturday 15 June 2019, at 09:57 pm
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The 14th Amendment did not make people subjects. But, from your statement, it sounds like you believe in the absolutely asinine legal theory of sovereign citizenry. The 14th Amendment was written due to the gutting of the 13th Amendment. The 14th Amendment has been one of the most instrumental pieces in preventing abuses of power by state governments. Because, before the 14th Amendment, states could completely ignore the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and other protections guaranteed, like ex post facto laws. Because, in Barron v. Baltimore, the SCOTUS, rightly according to the plain language of the constitution ruled that the US constitution does not apply to the states. That changed after the passage of the 14th. The 14th did not make us "subjects" it leveled, at least a little, the playing field at least a little.
Now, let's turn to the consent of the governed portion. First, your statement was quoted from the Declaration of Independence and has no authority in and of itself. So, what is the consent of the governed? Locke, Jefferson, and my self believe that the consent of the governed is required for a government to function. But what form does this consent take? Now, Jefferson and Locke stated that the consent of the governed can only be expressed by way of voting. Or, at the very least, is best expressed by voting. But is this the practical reality? No.
The long and sad history of the world is one of chains. People have been chained for some time. Unable to express themselves and decide how they wish to be governed. Ruled by tyrants, dictators, and monarchs. But these governments survived. Some survived for centuries. How? Because they had, at the very least, the tacit acceptance of the governed. Is it right? No. Is it reality? Almost certainly. Sitting on juries is an expression of consent but sitting on a jury is not the sole expression of consent. Voting is a form of consent, but it is not the sole expression of consent. History shows the minimum amount of consent necessary. It is not standing in open rebellion or acting in such a way so as to allow the government to remain the sovereign authority.
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