Doing the type of research I am doing, runs me across the whole spectrum of folks at different stages of their learning. While I do thank them for being brave enough to open their mind to questions, most of them still have this base belief that citizens of the states were free.
This is just not the case at all. When a free man enters into a society, be it a state or national government, he gives up his rights for privileges and immunities. These are also known by the term civil rights, the term civil meaning from the government.
For us we have to look no further then article 4 of the articles of confederation,
Article IV. The better to secure and perpetuate mutual friendship and intercourse among the people of the different states in this union, the free inhabitants of each of these states, paupers, vagabonds and fugitives from Justice excepted, shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of free citizens in the several states; and the people of each state shall have free ingress and regress to and from any other state, and shall enjoy therein all the privileges of trade and commerce, subject to the same duties, impositions and restrictions as the inhabitants thereof respectively, provided that such restrictions shall not extend so far as to prevent the removal of property imported into any state, to any other State of which the Owner is an inhabitant; provided also that no imposition, duties or restriction shall be laid by any state, on the property of the united states, or either of them.
Notice in the second sentence that the free inhabitants are excepted from being entitled to the same privileges and immunities that free citizens(oxymoron) are. This is legally sound as people not in society do not have the same political rights and civil rights as members of that society.
Man is only free in nature, trying to say you are a state citizen or state national, or are domiciled in the Texas republic is not going to make you free. Why you ask? Well because you are just switching your allegiance to another Fiction society. And in any society we find members split up into classes called statuses ( Hoebel "man in the primitive world" https://archive.org/details/maninprimitivewo00inhoeb )
These statuses are used today in our own system of law, for example the word "person" is a status.
A person is a man with a status, a man with no status or no legal personality is NOT a person. To confirm that our governments system of law does not apply to free men, just look thru the law nd fnd ANY statute that mentions MAN. The only thing you will find is that ALL law deals with PERSON.
Even as a state citizen before the 14th amendment there was laws passed and enforced against state citizens by their respective governments. The citizens of the state were members of the body politic/corporate of the state and thus OBLIGATED to obey the laws.
Remember that free men and women do not need a government to rule over them.
One of the quotes they like to use states that the sovereign power came to the people, but they had no one to govern but themselves.
The reason they had no one to govern is because it is impossible to govern someone who does not have to listen to you because you can not punish him for not listening.
I hope this helps clear this up for some of you, and keeps you from going to jail.