by Dr. Dan Eichenbaum, October 28, 2013
Eight friends, going out to dinner, are arguing about restaurant choice. Each has their own favorite cuisine and chef. Decision time arrives, and one of the eight, let’s name him Alpha-1, unilaterally selects the restaurant and time. The other seven, with little further discussion, acquiesce. Alpha-1 is “Sovereign”. He exerted his ultimate authority to make a decision that was obeyed by the others.
Individual sovereignty is the essence of personal freedom. A colonist is, by definition, not sovereign, as he owes allegiance and obedience to whichever authority “owns” his colony. Having successfully rebelled against the King of England, a solitary sovereign, our Constitution’s framers inverted the pyramid of power by investing each individual, not any government entity, with definitive sovereign authority. Any power given to the state and federal governments was considered to be strictly limited and definitely “on loan” from that sovereign individual.