Most people who are citizens will answer “Yes!” Citizenship alone does not make you an American. No, being American is not the ability to vote or wave the flag and sing the national anthem.
The peoples who came to America did so for freedom. Freedom to worship as they believed, freedom to work and keep the fruits of their labors, free to defend themselves from criminals.
You are an American if you refuse to obey ANY law that is unjust, because being an American is a way of life, ii is about principles and not ideology. It is about ethics and morals, regardless of where you get them. It is about the liberty to live as you feel is best for you so long as you honor and respect that same right of everyone else.
The People of the colonies chose members of their communities to represent them, and they met and formed rules of association with each other, rules or laws that provided mutual respect for liberty and rights. They formed a confederation among themselves and established a system of governance in which they could live in peace and prosperity. They committed themselves to rules of order, and when someone’s life or property was endangered or taken from them, they established laws to provide justice to the victim(s) and their dependents or survivors.
Justice. That is the purpose of law. Being a ‘law-abiding citizen’ does not make you an American. Being American is exceptionalism because unlike every nation before it and since, the constitutionally limited republican representative system of governance, was truly a form of self-governance. The ‘government’ in that sense was a body politic that was a representation of the will of the People. It was not an entity of its own nor did it hold any power over its People. After all, the People created that government and gave it duties and responsibilities, while explicitly prohibiting that government from infringing on the liberty and the rights of the people.
It was by definition a form of anarchy, that is anti- monarchy, or anti- oligarchy. It was against any form of government that ruled by force and suppression of free will. And yet it did have rules and hence laws. Laws to provide justice for those accused and convicted of crimes against the People.
We now are faced with the cold, hard facts that we no longer have a constitutional republic. That was taken from the People by treasonous acts of then President Abraham Lincoln and Congress in 1871. The former made all citizens insurgents and enemies of the government, and the latter when Congress unlawfully created a government for the District of Columbia and created a corporation which would then replace the People’s constitutional republic with a corporate government, which represents the financial interests of the corporation and not the People.
The Esteemed Readers of the Fix America blog and its Facebook page will know that we are in grave danger and it will only result in our nation falling if we don’t act now.