by Brian McCandliss – Originally posted on www.tenthamendmentcenter.com
Before the Constitution was ratified, each and every state was a complete independent nation– just like England, France or Italy, or any other sovereign nation.
Even after the Constitution was signed, the individual states still considered themselves as remaining separate sovereign nations, and that the Constitution simply formed a “federal republic” among them– which by definition is 100% voluntary, i.e. member-states are free to depart from it at any time, and cannot be coerced by other member-nations.
However this belief soon began to change in succeeding generations, with the claim that the states had deliberately chosen to give up their sovereignty as separate nations, in order to form a single sovereign nation. Within 45 years, many people began to believe it, and it soon became federal policy– even though the states had never changed their sovereign status after the Constitution, and many entire states still claimed that they were separate sovereign nations.
Today, many claim that the American Civil War “settled” this question; however the federal government denies that it conquered any sovereign states; and therefore the war did not change any state’s sovereignty.
Since the war, the federal government has claimed absolute sovereign national authority over all people, states and territories within the Union, and even names itself to be “our national government.” It tells us that its word is final regarding all disputes. It does not base this claim on the outcome of the war, but on the claim that the Constitution forms the states into a single nation.
However, evidence is overwhelming and irrefutable that the Constitution does not change state sovereignty, despite the federal government’s systematic attempts to suppress it.
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