When the Declaration of Independence was signed, the thirteen colonies declared themselves “Free and Independent States, they have the full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.” You must comprehend the full implications and meaning of that declaration to understand why the United States is not a nation, but a collection of nations in union. To draw a comparison you can look at the former Soviet Union and the present European Union.
So are we really ‘One Nation under God” or 50 Nations? Technically, we are the latter. Under the Constitution (for) of the united States of America, the original thirteen States made a compact among themselves to create a governmental services company to provide a limited number of duties and responsibilities for all of the States. These “Powers” were enumerated and limited by the agreement (contract) as written and ratified by the States. They were to be guaranteed a representative republican form of governance with all Rights retained (reserved) by the States and the People, outside of what the contract permitted.
One of the definitions of statehood that is most often omitted is, “a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory; especially : one that is sovereign.” So if a State is sovereign how can it be ‘ruled’ by another entity? Which brings forth the dilemma of how the federal system of governance can be sovereign when it is created and defined as a union of free and independent States?
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania makes me a natural born citizen of Pennsylvania. Having lived in several other States, does that make me a citizen of those States or a resident only? And when did I become a citizen of the United States, since there is no basis for the entity called United States claiming nation status?
I have lived in Oregon since 1994, so am I a resident or a citizen of Oregon? And by what am I defined as one or the other?
Interesting points to ponder for those who are interested in learning what the ‘united States of America’ is and how/when the definition of the union changed.