Power to change
Most of the power exercised by government today especially the Federal government is based on contracts with government. There are both the executed contracts through agreements and applications actually signed by you or your legal guardians as you were growing up and then there are constructive contracts through participation and hypothecation. All these come in a variety of forms and from numerous sources most people are completely unaware of but the constitution guarantees your right to make them and a system of courts to enforce them.
The United States Constitution states:
"No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility." Article I, section 10, clause 1.
The United States [Congress shall have power]... "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes." Article I, Section 8, Clause 3.
Most Americans lived under common law back in 1798 but all of you are heavily regulated today in equity and through the commerce clause.
The government is not violating the constitution prohibitions as much as people think or would like to think. Through your application for benefits you have failed to "retain" your rights because you failed to retain your responsibilities.
It is very convenient to blame all of what is happening on the government but the truth is we have made serious errors in our own activities and relationship with government.
There is a maxim of law:
Protectio trahit subjectionem, subjectio protectionem. Coke, Littl. 65.
You have asked the government to protect your family from ignorance, health costs, disability, old age, unemployment destitution and a thousand other things and you think you should not be subject???? Your applications for benefits are contracts with the state...
Consesus facit legem. Consent makes the law… Branch. Prine. Black’s
There is a lot to learn and not much time to do it in... lots to do too.
Most people seem woefully ignorant of how the law works, the different forms of law like common law, equity etc.
What the constitution was supposed to do and what you need to do to maintain your rights. Their present state of bondage is the result of hundreds of contracts they and their parents have been signing for more than a century. This present status as subjects rather than free people has been a long time in coming and it required that their perception of history had to change. So the proverbial "they" changed it.
The Reese Commission uncovered a plan to change "the way Americans viewed history" that began back in 1908 by altering history books and making them available in public and private education at a reduced cost.
At first the changes were subtle but two world wars were very useful in this reeducation process.
Public education it self was very much a part of that plan too and it was at that time that Americans went from being mostly educated privately to the majority being educated at public expense.
Once they altered your view of history and social norms they could steadily get you to waive your rights. Some knew this was happening and warned you but most people did not want to see their fault in the whole matter.
This process and the ignorance of the American people is why US vs. Minker. 350 US,179 p187. states: “Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many citizens, because of their respect for what only appears to be a law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their rights, due to ignorance.” They still don't want to see their errors and mistakes and even their failings and shortcomings. They always want to blame some other group which o course is part of the dialectic that moves people more and more into bondage.
I go through process of enslaving the whole nation and even the whole world level by level in a book I wrote you can read free online called The Covenants of the gods. There are numerous layers to that bondage, and I use the word bondage because that is what you are presently in and you cannot get out of that bondage with the waive of a pen like those "sovereign citizens" that Sue mentioned often try.
I do mention the Bible but the clear details and references to the law, the steady progression into serfdom and bondage is documented step by step in the law. Some of the top attorneys in the United States have read some of my books and pamphlets and agreed with the conclusions.
Just as an example you can read the first chapter o the book that shows you that your marriage contract is a three party contract with the state giving them jurisdiction over your marriage, the property you accumulate and the children your produce.
Again a top attorney who graduated Summa Cum Laude, highest scorer ever on his Bar exam, practiced law in several states and handled international law cases and also taught law and wrote law books, agreed with everything in that first chapter although he warned that they are not going to like me. Why? because I reveal how the law works. How they get power over you. I am not offering any quick fix. It took a long time to get here and it will take a long time and a lot of effort to get back but you are not going to get anywhere with the dialectic arguments I normally see going back and forth on these groups.
You can read that first chapter here: Chapter 1. of the book The Covenants of the gods Holy Matrimony vs Marriage