Originally posted by 1PLA1
My dictionary defines sovereign in this context as self governing.
We are not self governing in reality. We elect (hire) people to govern for us. Unfortunately, the hired help have come to believe they are our rulers.
Jonathan Dayton ~ represented New Jersey at the Constitutional Convention. He believed that government should defend individual freedoms, but within the framework of an established social hierarchy. Dayton's father, Elias, was a militia officer in the French and Indian War who returned home to prosper as a merchant and colonial official. Dayton was clearly influenced by his family's position in the community and his father's ideas about government. Both men, like most Americans of their day, believed that the average citizen should defer to the views of his "betters". www.history.army.mil...
Of course New Jersey's butchers, bakers and candlestick makers didn't hire Dayton to represent them, he was chosen by his rich landowning cronies. Because he was "a better", dontchaknow.
They've always had the belief that they are our rulers.