A look at the “sovereign citizen” movement

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From CBS 60 Minutes in 2012:

This is a story about a group of Americans you’ve likely never heard of: they’re called “sovereign citizens.” Many don’t pay taxes, carry a driver’s license or hold a Social Security card. They have little regard for the police or the courts, and some have become violent.

The FBI lists them among the nation’s top domestic terror threats.

By some estimates, there are as many as 300,000 sovereign citizens in the U.S. And with the sluggish economy and mortgage mess, their ranks are growing.

It’s just the kind of movement that attracted people like Jerry Kane. A divorced, out-of-work truck driver from Ohio, Kane became a sovereign citizen in 2003 when he lost his house to foreclosure. To earn a living, he and his son began crisscrossing the country peddling a debt reduction scam.



The above article is listed in a new CBS article concerning a police officer suing Black Lives Matters for inciting violence which led Gavin Eugene Long to “kill three officers and wounded three others” in 2016. CBS is asserting that Mr. Long had declared himself a sovereign citizen which caused him to attack the police. The FBI consider sovereign citizens “among the nation’s top domestic terror threats. Where to start?

  1. Let me start by giving condolences to fallen and wounded police officers at the hands of criminals and Lenin’s definition of useful idiots.
  2. There is no need to discuss the credibility of the FBI today. Their actions over the past “Comey” years speak for themselves.
  3. There is no need to discuss the credibility of CBS news. Their actions speak for themselves.
  4. An early example of fake news. As in the Obama years, there were no acts of Islamic Terrorism in the country. When there was an attack, we had to find the motivation of the individual that caused the “lone wolf” to act.
  5. Until the media starts stating the facts instead of protecting the people and organizations responsible for the attacks, they will be seen as fake news.

The people in the United States want peace. We want to have a good job, good medical coverage, a nice house and the security to raise our families in peace. I would even argue that most people in the world want the same things. Unfortunately for us, most of the factors aligned against these “wants” come back to government backed by a media that has become nothing more than a propaganda wing. While President Trump tweets against the media and Democrat leaders, has anything really changed?

I would like to point out that the 2nd Amendment was put in place by our founding fathers for one reason only: to allow people to protect themselves against the tyranny and excesses of government. This is a fact, not an opinion. I would also like to point out that if our American Revolution had failed, our founding fathers would have been hanged for attempting to become sovereign citizens. I think it would be a good exercise for people to read the Declaration of Independence again for three keys points.

  1. Who gives people the right to dissolve the political bands (of government).
  2. What truths that are self-evident.
  3. What are the list of abuses by the government that led the country to declare its independence.

I would like to believe that our people have the fortitude to recognize our duty with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence to mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor so that our children will be free. But no man is more enslaved than the one who believes he is free. Free to pay excessive taxes. Free to have no right to any privacy. Free to have all conversations and digital communications illegally recorded. Free to be vilified by a corrupted government set up to secure our rights by a Constitution that is ignored and remediated by domestic enemies.

The list of abuses is long. We have only ourselves to blame for we are now governed by the rule of man. Because we gave them our consent.

“Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.”

Michelle Obama

Was she right?

David DeGerolamo

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

New Hampshire:
Josiah BartlettWilliam WhippleMatthew Thornton

John HancockSamuel AdamsJohn AdamsRobert Treat PaineElbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen HopkinsWilliam Ellery

Roger ShermanSamuel HuntingtonWilliam WilliamsOliver Wolcott

New York:
William FloydPhilip LivingstonFrancis LewisLewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard StocktonJohn WitherspoonFrancis HopkinsonJohn HartAbraham Clark

Robert MorrisBenjamin RushBenjamin FranklinJohn MortonGeorge ClymerJames SmithGeorge TaylorJames WilsonGeorge Ross

Caesar RodneyGeorge ReadThomas McKean

Samuel ChaseWilliam PacaThomas StoneCharles Carroll of Carrollton

George WytheRichard Henry LeeThomas JeffersonBenjamin HarrisonThomas Nelson, Jr.Francis Lightfoot LeeCarter Braxton

North Carolina:
William HooperJoseph HewesJohn Penn

South Carolina:
Edward RutledgeThomas Heyward, Jr.Thomas Lynch, Jr.Arthur Middleton

Button GwinnettLyman HallGeorge Walton

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3 Responses to A look at the “sovereign citizen” movement

  1. Hans says:

    “DHS and local law enforcement have labeled men at liberty “sovereign citizens” and claim they are a threat to peace and order – enemies of the state …

    “The label is an oxymoron as a citizen has ceded sovereignty, and a sovereign is not bound by the obligations of citizenship.”

    “The question … is: “Given the American proposition that sovereignty resides in the people, as individuals, from where did any legislature acquire the supreme right to make laws that can force obligations and violate the rights of private people?” [Note]

    “The act of withdrawing consent removes the obligation to submit to legislative authority.”


  2. AWB says:

    Very nicely done.

  3. Average Joe says:

    Forgive me David but “because we gave them our consent” only applies if one considers an “offer he can’t refuse” to be consent. While there is nobility in “eating the bullet”, if done too often our ranks would be even more limited than our current state finds them. So as some founders recognized and sought to break the oppression of the despot early, it took a bit longer for others to fully see the bars in front of their eyes.

    At this point I pray were an in a similar situation to the 1750s-60s where the festering sores of oppression offered proper motivation to demand changes by every means available. It is also why I acknowledge the right of secession or some type of independent autonomy in whatever part of the states that might provide for the right of self government as well as one that actually represents the people is purports to represent, without the boot on the face of humanity. Frankly, as with the efforts of 1776 and 1861, I doubt it will not be done without water the tree.

    Y’all have a nice day.

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