Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
There was an editorial opinion in the Arizona Republic today that harshes on a couple of yahoos recently arrested last month on U.S. 60 south of Wickenburg who called themselves "sovereign citizens." Our View: A word for 'sovereign citizens':
[They have] supercilious interpretations of the U.S. Constitution that supposedly permit citizens to declare themselves part of a “sovereign-citizen movement” that considers adherents beyond the reach of federal or state law, or any authority more distant than that of county sheriff.
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The sovereign-citizen movement promotes a lot of what most of us call crime. Besides encouraging paper crimes such as creating bogus mortgages and liens, it also promotes hostility toward the police. Two “citizens” are on trial in Las Vegas on suspicion of conspiring to kidnap a policeman.
Sovereign citizens generally believe the minimalist government envisioned by the Founders has been replaced by an illegitimate government that holds no authority over them.
This is a conspiracy theory. It presumes that the choices of other citizens at the ballot box are meaningless and sovereigns alone are able to correctly interpret the Constitution.
That’s not politics. It’s narcissism.