… a more perfect Union…
The Declaration of Independence is the foundation for the Laws of the United States. The Declaration itself is not a Law but served as notice to the King of England and to the world that the People of the united States were breaking off their political ties with Great Britain and would “assume among the nations its separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them”….
entitle – To assign or appropriate by giving a title.
The Founders believed that the Right to Title was God-given (assigned) and unalienable. God gave man dominion, dominion does not come from Man.
dominion – Sovereign or supreme authority; the power of governing and controlling.
The first body of Law that brought the united States in Union was the Articles of Confederation. In Section 1 we derive the name (stile) of the government of the United States:
- The Stile of this Confederacy shall be “The United States of America”.
This name also identifies the jurisdiction under which the government (the People elected or appointed to serve the Constitution) and the People are bound to “by the consent of the governed”.
When the Articles of Confederation proved to be less than completely suitable the Continental Congress began to deliberate amendments to the Articles which resulted in the Constitution for the United States of America that we have to this day.
The authority to amend the Articles came from this section:
- Every State shall abide by the determination of the United States in Congress assembled, on all questions which by this confederation are submitted to them. And the Articles of this Confederation shall be inviolably observed by every State, and the Union shall be perpetual; nor shall any alteration at
any time hereafter be made in any of them; unless such alteration be agreed to in a Congress of the United States, and be afterwards confirmed by the legislatures of every State.
The ratification of the Constitution was ordered in this Article of the Constitution:
Article VII Clause 1
The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.
On June 21, 1788 New Hampshire became the ninth State to ratify the Constitution for the United States of America and completed the process agreed to by Congress to amend the Articles of Confederation.