Several of this blog’s readers were commenting on 14th Amendment citizenship. I respond as follows:
Article 1 Section 2 of The Constitution of The State of Texas declares in part, “All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit.” This tells me two things: 1) That State constitution is a trust; and 2) the “people” of that State are the beneficiaries of that State constitution/trust.
From that information, I presume that 1) all constitutions are trust indentures; 2) in every State constitution, the “people” are the beneficiaries; and 3) if you want to claim any of the rights secured by a constitution, you had better not appear in the capacity of a “person,” “inhabitant,” “occupant” or “citizen,” etc.–you’d better expressly claim to a “man made in God’s image” and one of the people of a particular State of the Union.
I also believe the federal Constitution is a trust, but it’s not yet absolutely clear to me if the beneficiaries of the federal Constitution are “We the People” or the individuals States of the Union. It’s also not clear to be that there’s a distinct difference between the “States” and the “People”.