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Message Subject Sovereign citizens: Is this an accurate portrayal?
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two national governments exist; one to be maintained under the Constitution, with all its restrictions, the other to be maintained by Congress outside and independently of that instrument. By exercising such powers as other nations of the earth are accustomed to a radical and mischievous change in our system of government will result ... We will, in that event, pass from the era of constitutional liberty guarded and protected by a written constitution into an era of legislative absolutism ... It will be an evil day for American liberty if the theory of a government outside the supreme law of the land finds lodgment in our constitutional jurisprudence." Downes v. Bidwell

Two problems. First, Downes V. Bidwell is a case about whether or not the constitutional protections exist in the territories. They have nothing to do with the jurisdiction of constitutional protections in the US.

Second, you're quoting the *dissenting* opinion. Not the majority opinion. And the dissenting opinion doesn't create precedent nor carries with it the authority of the judiciary.

The majority opinion does.

It helps if you actually read what you're citing instead of simply cutting and pasting it mechanically without thought or question.

1. The original United States that was in operation until 1860; a collection of sovereign Republics in the union. Under the original Constitution the States controlled the Federal Government; the Federal Government did not control the States and had very little authority.

When you say the 'original' constitution, you mean the one before the 13th amendment? Or before the 14th?

By that standard, the 'original' constitution ended in 1791.

The original United States has been usurped by a separate and different UNITED STATES formed in 1871, which only controls the District of Columbia and itís territories, and which is actually a corporation (the UNITED STATES CORPORATION) that acts as our current government. The United States Corporation operates under Corporate/Commercial/Public Law rather than Common/Private Law.

Says who? Again, you 'sovereign citizen' guys seem to love your long winded pseudo-legal declarations. But when backing these up with actual evidence, they tend to fall apart.

The US government certainly *owns* a corporation. But the US government isn't a corporation itself. Just like if you say, open a bank account, that doesn't mean you BECOME a bank account.

Oh, and the United States includes all the States. Not just the District of Columbia. The district of Columbia is *only* under the jurisdiction of the US, however. Each State is under concurrent jurisdiction. That of itself...and that of the federal government.
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