Many State Constitutions around the Country say that “All political power is inherent in the people.”
To show it a little more in depth, the Washington State Constitution states in Article One, Section One:
“All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed and are established to protect and maintain individual rights.”
So as I look at this section of my State Constitution, I try to understand the concepts that are wrapped up in it’s language.
Before there was a Government, the political powers resided in the people. These powers are so ingrained in who we are as a country that they were written into our constitutions. As our constitution was written, it was these powers that gave it the strength to set us aside from other countries.
Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Without the people agreeing to being governed, our government would cease to exist. The government holds no power that we do not give it, or agree to.
We the people, using our authority as sovereigns, created a government that was to “protect and maintain our individual rights.” Our population was getting big enough that we created a government to help protect us, and to make sure that our rights were maintained. They were to be maintained not only from the usurpation of others citizens, but also from the laws created, as well as in the court system.
It is the constitution that defines and assigns the powers that the government enjoys. It was the sovereignty of the people that gave that constitution power.
Without the consent of the governed, the government has no power.
So here is a question:
If all political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their “just powers” from the consent of the governed, then what happens when they don’t “protect and maintain individual rights?”
Our government is starting to believe that “it” is the sovereign. They have forgotten in their greed and corruption that it is us that gave them any power to begin with.
Remember, You are a sovereign. Does that mean that you have the right to take other sovereigns powers? No. It just means that when it comes to political power, it comes from you, not the government.
I write this article in the hopes of teaching my fellow citizens about the nature of political power. With the understanding of that nature, you are better suited to help protect not only your own powers, but the powers of your friends, family, and neighbors as well.
When faced with a problem, without action, there can be no solution.