Excerpt* from American Popular Sovereignty @2019 by Randall E. White.
“In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people, where it belongs.” —President Donald J. Trump 
The essential elements of American law and government that are never taught in conventional civics courses, include:
- The traditional motto of the United States is E Pluribus Unum, a Latin phrase meaning “out of many, one”. We are more than just a nation of many individual people. Together, we form one united entity, which our government was formed to serve: the People.
- The core of American government is popular sovereignty, which means that all political powers exercised by the state through publicly elected and appointed representatives originate from the citizens, who are the sovereign or supreme power and authority.
- We the People, meaning the citizens collectively, as a sovereign body politic, possess absolute sovereignty. Our governmental institutions, entities and public representatives, possess limited sovereignty conditioned upon official conduct conforming to publicly delegated authority, defined purpose, and mandated standards for official conduct.
- American citizens, in our capacity as a sovereign body politic, possess plenary public powers, which we have historically exercised through our participatory and representative governmental institutions, together with their parallel governmental processes and procedures. Plenary means full and complete.
- During the 1600s through the 1800s, America’s traditional participatory governmental institutions in the form of public militias, grand and petit juries, protected our civil rights and the integrity of our representative governmental institutions (the legislative, executive and judicial branches of representative government) by holding public representatives accountable to their oath of office and to the citizens’ public will, as depicted in Diagram A — American Government in 1791.
The concepts and political traditions which comprise American popular sovereignty evolved out of the desires and aspirations of ordinary working-class people from Europe and other places around the world to be free from oppression and to be self-governing. Most of our ancestors who immigrated to America originally came here because they were fleeing religious persecution, economic oppression or slavery in its various forms, while at the same time seeking freedom and a genuine opportunity to create new and better way of life for themselves and their families, for generations to come. This pursuit has become widely known and commonly referred to as “the American Dream.”
America is a “melting pot” of peoples from around the world, made up of all races and ethnic backgrounds. Americans characteristically tend not to judge or look down upon oppressed peoples in other parts of the world because many of our own ancestors were either destitute or taken as prisoners or slaves at an earlier time in history.
Americans as a whole are a generous people who sincerely desire to share their good will and cultural traditions supporting freedom and opportunity with people in other countries, through economic trade and cultural exchanges conducted in a manner which benefits everyone involved, without causing any harm.
 President Donald Trump’s statement to the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2017.
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