Federal vs. National; Which are we in these United States?
"It is federal, because it is the government of States united in a political union, in contradistinction to a government of individuals, that is, by what is usually called, a social compact. To express it more concisely, it is federal and not national because it is the government of a community of States, and not the government of a single State or Nation.
-John C. Calhoun"
Comment: What was once a federal government of states was twisted and made into the tool of a monied oligarchy. The War Between the States established "Federal" Government supremacy at the point of a gun. What was a federation or confederacy of individual states was forced to become a Nation. Nowadays we say "the" United States instead of "these" United States.
Those of us who are Unreconstructed never accepted this injustice. We remain conscious that we live under a system that ultimately will force submission at the point of a gun.
Indeed, whether or not it was expressed so by the common soldiery of the Confederate States Army, the principle of a Voluntary Union of independent States as established by the Articles of Confederation and the United States Constitution is precisely why most of the men fought (and fought tooth and nail to their bitter end).
If a free individual or State voluntarily joins a group, it can voluntarily leave that same group. The United States was founded on the principle of Secession from Great Britain. That voluntary union never obligated each state indefinitely to remain in that union.
If we are to save the Constitution, we must collectively remember and reestablish the right of the States to choose their own direction.
This will cause hardship, as those individuals who find that they cannot accept certain principle laws of a state will then have to "vote with their feet" and move to another state that is acceptable to them.
As it stands today in the USSA, with the 14th amendment and the imposition of rules from nine justices in Washington DC on each community in the nation, we have no such option.