Posted by Girty on October 17, 1998 at 20:55:40:
In Reply to: "United States" is singular. posted by MARTIN on September 17, 1998 at 01:15:09:
I'm just a dumb factory worker but, even I know United State would be singular while United States is plural. Treason against the United States still consists only in levying war against them, (plural) or, (not and), adhering to their,(plural) enemies, giving them aid and comfort. I think the reason for the confusion is that lawyers think precedents shall be the supreme law of the land. It's understandable that the Constitution has been so misconstrued if the precedents are considered in view of the Constitution. The first Congress, rather than direct by law where a trial of crime not committed in any State would be, gave power to the judicial courts of the United States not delegated in the Constitution, and levied a whiskey tax not by aportionment. The first president exercised power delegated to the Congress to raise an army and declare war to collect the tax directly. I don't know where the first Supreme Court was at that time, these issues were not settled judicially. But then the judicial power of the United States only extends to cases in law and equity. That's and, not or equity. If the United States is singular it's only because the judges in every State have been ignorant of their duty, or adhere to some folks who don't abide by law.
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