Excerpt* from American Popular Sovereignty @2019 by Randall E. White.
“We the People… do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
—Preamble to the Constitution of the United States
America’s system of government has a name and a specific history, which are relevant to understanding how government in America is supposed to operate. The name is popular sovereignty, which means that the supreme authority over the state is the People, who have the right to self-government without any outside interference. Literally, the word “popular” means a community of people, and the word “sovereignty” means the top authority. So, We the People are the top authority. We are the creators of government. We embody government. And we have the right to alter our government in any way we see fit, or to abolish the government altogether.
Popular sovereignty is collective, not individual. In America, there is…
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