For citizens and farmers in the trenches as well as consumers in the shopping aisle it is critical that we understand who we are and how we fit into our historical form of government as well as the current regime.
From the trenches,
CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES EXAMINED
Authored by LB Bork email@example.com
As some people may understand who have been in the freedom movement, there has been a long-term debate on the term citizen of the United States.
This article is of purpose to expand on the various types of citizenship that are present in the union that is named The United States of America. When you set out to read the contents herein, you will undoubtedly note that the term citizen is used in somewhat of a vague manner. It is ventured that there is a specified purpose for this measure.
To set the premise on this infamous term in question citizen of the United States”we should first ascertain what a citizen is in affiliation to American law. In regard, see this common definition from the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia:
Citizenship. Citizenship is membership in a political community (originally a city but now usually a state), and carries with it rights to political participation; a person having such membership is a citizen.
To further explain what the term citizen means in American law, look at the following definition that was of the period prior to the so-called Civil War:
Persons. This word is applied to men, women and children, who are called natural persons. In law, man and person are not exactly synonymous terms. Any human being is a man, whether he be a member of society or not, whatever may be the rank he holds, or whatever may be his age, sex, etc. A person is a man considered according to the rank he holds in society, with all the rights to which the place he holds entitles him, and the duties which it imposes.
Persons are also divided into citizens (q.v.), and aliens (q.v.), when viewed with regard to their political rights. Bouviers Law Dictionary, 1856
Hence, a man or woman is considered a human being, however they are not deemed a person unless they are a member of a society, i.e. a body politic or nation.
1 In the Law of Nations by Emer de Vattel, Vattel set-up that a man was a citizen of a country. As a rule, a citizen is subject to the laws of a municipality. What the premise of Vattel did is set-up the legal fiction that people are citizens of a country instead of being members of a nation or nationals of any such country; this making them subject to the State.
2 ALIEN. Owing political allegiance to another country or government; foreign. alien residents. An un-naturalized foreign resident of a country; also called non-citizen. American Heritage
Title 8 USC 1101(a)(3). Definitions. As used in this chapter – [chapter 12 of Title 8]. The term alien means any person not a citizen or national of the United States.
3 SOCIETY. A society is a number of persons united together by mutual consent, in order to deliberate, determine, and act jointly for some common purpose. 2. Societies are either incorporated and known to the law, or unincorporated, of which the law does not generally take notice. 3. By civil society is usually understood a state, (q.v.) a nation, (q.v.) or a body politic. Bouviers Law Dictionary, 1856 Continue reading