"YOU ARE ABOVE THE LAW," Adams asserts, "As a JUROR in a trial setting, when it comes to your individual vote of innocent or guilty, you truly are answerable only to GOD ALMIGHTY." That personage figures more in Adams's constitutional exegesis than he does in the original document itself. Right on page one, we learn that "RIGHTS COME FROM GOD, NOT THE STATE," with a single quote from John Adams (most likely no relation to the editor) to prove the point. God's law is a kind of shadow constitution that superimposes itself on our founding law and overrides it whenever discrepancies emerge. The Ten Commandments in particular represent "GOD'S GOVERNMENT OVER MAN!" through which he "commands us for our own good to give up wrongs and not rights!" According to the editor, "HIS system always results in LIBERTY and FREEDOM!" which will be news to all those in centuries past who endured divinely mandated tyranny.
Let's not jump to conclusions or blame Christianity alone for some of the more eccentric political science in this pamphlet. Adams seems capable of generating paradoxes quite well on his own without divine inspiration. For instance:
The base of power was to remain in WE THE PEOPLE but unfortunately it was lost to those leaders acting in the name of government, such as politicians, bureaucrats, judges, lawyers, etc. As a result America began to function like a democracy instead of a REPUBLIC. A democracy is dangerous because it is a one-vote system as opposed to a Republic, which is a three-vote system: Three votes to check tyranny, not just one. American citizens have not been informed of their other two votes.
You read that right: the government becomes more like a democracy once WE THE PEOPLE give up our power. But what are those other two tyranny-preventing votes? Vote number two belongs to grand jurors; their decision on whether or not a case should go to trial is a potential check on government power. The third vote belongs to trial jurors. In court, Adams claims, "each JUROR has MORE POWER than the President, all of Congress, and all of the judges combined!" That's because there's no check that Adams can see on jurors' power to interpret the law. "[N]o JUROR can ever be punished for voting 'Not Guilty!'" he elaborates, "Any JUROR can, with impunity, choose to disregard the instructions of any judge or attorney in rendering his vote....Thus, those acting in the name of government must come before the common man to get permission to enforce a law."
The "Citizens Rule Book" is potentially useful for any American because it includes the texts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution with all the amendments. Readers might do without Adams's editorial introduction to these documents, especially his statement that "there is a great deal of suspicion" as to whether any of the amendments from the Thirteenth forward are legitimately ratified. Adams himself provides a warning on the back cover: "THIS DOCUMENT MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO BAD LAWS." Indeed it might, and that might even apply to the bad laws of the Bible" should this pamphlet fall into unintended hands.