"A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large,
in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject,
and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law.”
In joining ourselves into commonwealths for the better protection of our rights and liberties we surrender a small portion of our individual sovereignty—a distinction that marks man as being created in the image of the Sovereign—to the state by consent. However, we retain the majority of our sovereignty as we dare maintain our rights through Christian self-government in all our reserved jurisdictions and check the restraints set on local, state, and national civil government through our voices of enlightened reason and our votes of clear conscience.
We must not believe that our small self-governed lives and our single ballots are insignificant or incapable of effecting great purposes. God has written a history of using the weak to confound the mighty. The seeds of His Gospel sown through our words and deeds will produce a manifold harvest in another season that blesses all.
"Also. . .
the Washington Examiner wrote an excellent editorial praising [Virginia Attorney General] Ken Cuccinelli and his
fellow Attorneys General for stepping up and defending the Constitution.
They said, 'Elections are just one way
the Constitution empowers Americans to fight back against a centralizing regime
in the nation's capital. State attorneys general have every right—indeed, it
is their obligation—to respond forcefully when the federal government breaks
the law.' " (From The Cuccinelli Compass, The Rule of Law, e-mail 03/13/2012, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
To read the full editorial
‘"What constitutes a state?
Not high-raised battlement or labored mound,
Thick wall or moated gate;
Not cities proud, with spires and turrets crowned;
Not bays and broad-armed ports,
Where, laughing at the storm, rich navies ride;
Nor starred and spangled courts,
Where low-browed baseness wafts perfume to pride.
No: MEN, high-minded MEN,
With powers as far above dull brutes endued,
In forest, brake, or den,
As beasts excel cold rocks and brambles rude:
Men who their duties know,
But know their rights, and, knowing, dare maintain;
Prevent the long-aimed blow,
And crush the tyrant while they rend the chain:
These Constitute a state;
And SOVEREIGN LAW, that state's collected will,
O'er thrones and globes elate
Sits empress, crowning good, repressing ill.'"
Excerpts from the Works of Daniel Webster, 1851, cited in Verna M. Hall's Christian History of the Constitution: Christian Self-Government with Union, Vol. II, p. 8. (Emphasis added.)