The Term Citizen in Use in Statutes

As many of you already know, government does not have any jurisdiction over people without the people's consent. They do, however, have jurisdiction over "citizens" as defined in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Once people make a habit of recognizing words in the correct legal sense, it makes it much easier for them to see when a statute applies to them, and when it does not, which is always.

But what is in a word? As previously explained, statutes are written to control citizens, not people and you will not see the term people used in any statutes limiting people's freedom. I challenge anyone to find a statute that says a people may or may not do something.

Let's look at an ordinance for the township of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. A section of their code regarding building codes states in the first section its authority.

Chapter 185-1 Statutory Authority

The Legislature of the State of New Jersey, has pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40.48-1 et seq, delegated the responsibility to local governmental units to adopt regulations designed to promote the public health, safety and general welfare of its citizenry.

This should make it a bit clearer when reading statutes and codes. They can "regulate" citizenry, but they cannot regulate people. This tactic is even used in states' constitutions.

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