The capital letters used on your licenses and certificates mean you are owned by the Corporation that took the place of the United States.
But I won’t even get into that. I’ll put a link to a vid at the end of this post for those who feel a need to explore that idea. I simply want to introduce the difference between admiralty law and common law.
Law has become terribly complicated. We no longer have “common law” in our court system. It is all “admiralty law”. These concepts are not easy to explain, so suffice it to say here that under admiralty law it is a lot easier to screw everyday people. Basically, admiralty law works under the assumption that we all belong to the State.
Common law works under the principle of harm: was someone directly harmed by something we did? If so we should be punished.
This would leave out most of the laws we have in place today, like laws against speeding, laws against putting in swimming pools without permits, etc. Most of our laws are, truth be told, revenue generators for the State.
An easy example of common law is a look at the ten commandments. If you stole, committed adultery (a close cousin of stealing, since your progeny stands to inherit someone else’s property), killed or bore false witness, you clearly harmed someone else.
The penalties were severe. In many cases those who broke common law were put to death. But, when you consider that at least two witnesses were required (not circumstantial either), not very many people suffered unjustly. Unless someone lied, which is why not bearing false witness was so important.
For the big picture…
Specifically on Admiralty Law vs. Common Law…