The Constitution is a sovereignty of man, under God, over government contract, agreed to by the people. One of the many absolutes spelled out in the Constitution, that restricts the role and use of government power, is the citizen jury system. This system requires that any defendant accused of a crime be judged by local citizens, not a government judge. The jury system makes this very clear in their oath. “You, as jurors, are the judges of the facts…your sworn duty to follow all of the rules of law…so help you God.” It is the citizen jury members who take this oath, and they, not a judge, decide the guilt or innocence in criminal trials brought by the government. No one, including the President of the United States, has the right to deny this authority—it belongs to the people.

People of different faiths, with different racial and cultural backgrounds, who are gifted in different ways are created equal at birth and deserve to be treated equally by the civil and criminal justice systems. Any concept of authoritarianism that presumes to override the sovereignty of man, under God, over government, is a violation of equal in the sight of God and the law.

“The multitude I am speaking of is the body of people—no contemptible multitude—for whose sake government is instituted; or rather, who have themselves erected it, solely for their own good—to whom even kings and all in subordination to them, are strictly speaking, servants and not masters” (Samuel Adams, essay in the Boston Gazette, 1771).

In addition to the citizen jury system, the First Amendment, the Tenth Amendment, and State Constitutions were framed to protect local citizen control.

The Iowa Constitution provides an excellent portrayal of the Declaration of Independence for law. Iowa entered the Union as a state in 1864. Similar to other state constitutions, Iowa provides the means for local citizen decision-making and control that is far superior to national government decision-making.

“WE THE PEOPLE of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of those blessings, do ordain and establish a free and independent government, by the name of the STATE OF IOWA.

Article I, Section 1: All men are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights—among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.

Article I, Section 2: Government is instituted [by the people] for the protection, security and benefit of the people. All political power is inherent in the people. They [the people] have the right at all times, to alter or reform the government, whenever the public good may require it.”

It is at these points of constitutional law that political engineers, militants and secular pathfinders focus their propaganda, spreading false information in order to influence people’s opinions and beliefs. This propaganda has enabled them to penetrate taxpayer funded public education with devastating consequences.

The lesson from history is this: the plans of those who denigrate the concept of local citizen control should cause alarm.

~ D. Norris

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