posted on May, 23 2010 @ 08:59 AM
Mmkays here we go.. this is what I meant by we are actually more in line with a confederacy:
A confederation is an association of sovereign member states, that by treaty have delegated certain of their competences to common institutions,
in order to coordinate their policies in a number of areas, without constituting a new state on top of the member states. Under international law a
confederation respects the sovereignty of its members and its constituting treaty can only be changed by unanimous agreement.
When the United States of America was founded, we were actually founded as a confederation of States. The original Constitution was called the
Articles of Confederation. The reason it was tossed out was that the Federalist deemed it to "loose" in it's contract (which it was) and added
more personal rights and so forth into the new constitution.
Technically, the "definition" of the Government structure has never been "officially" designated.. that is to say, there is no legal definition
that America is in fact a Republic or a Confederation.
The Civil War between the North and the South was fought over State Rights, hence they were a Confederation ..
Each State and commonwealth in the US has a Constitution, they have their own Governments, capitals etc.. if the Federal Government were removed they
would operate as 50 independent states. No other country in the World is set up like this, with such powers delegated to certain territories.. Which
might be why our system of "Republic" makes no sense to some people.. because we are not a Republic at all, we are a Confederation. Personal voting
cannot extend outside of the legal bounds of your state.. thus the States elects the Executive Branch, since it represents the Many States. While we
vote for Personal Representation through our Senators and Congresscritters.
Confederacy is alive and well in the US too .. we call it by a different name today: Constitutionalism and Libertarianism .. ultimately their aims
are to return to the original founding ideas of limited Federal power, thus reforming the original Confederacy.
EDIT: .. And for Canadians and Russians and Brits who have different meanings for "Confederation" which in some countries means "To become a
Federation" the United States of America is a "Confederation" .. because technically membership in the Union is voluntary, whereas a country like
Canada, the UK or Russia they would operate as a Federation (which is essentially the same as a Republic). Membership is mandatory. Some Americans
like myself will do anything to prevent our Confederation from being completely Federalized into a Federation.
[edit on 5/23/2010 by Rockpuck]