You can be a citizen of the United States without being an American! As difficult as it may seem for many to understand or — better yet — accept, it is true. This is because being an “American” has nothing to do with this nation.
When this nation was born, it was not seen as a nation. At that time, the Colonies were all seen and understood as being their own nations. The Union was just that: a union or mutual cooperation between the thirteen Colonies; the thirteen Nations. This is what a “federation” is: a cooperative among equals. And that is how our founders understood this nation: as a federation of sovereign States, or Nations. They did not see themselves as citizens of The United States, but rather, as a citizen of their respective Nation State.
It is important to understand this point. As a citizen of one of…
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