The United States of America has existed legally as a nation since 1776. There is no doubt of that fact. The United States government itself proclaims it to be true. The Supreme Court has consistently maintained it. If you are trying to claim something else is true, you are simply wrong in your belief.
- In the beginning of that period, the existence of the United States was based on a claim not yet proven, the Declaration of Independence. If the rebels had lost the war, that claim would have been shown to be a farce. Many of the rebels would probably have been hung and history would laugh at their efforts -- but the American rebels won the Revolutionary War and did establish the United States of America. This is why United States law recognizes July 4, 1776 as the birth of the nation. The exact organization of the United States was not yet specified.
- As part of their struggle, the 13 rebellious colonies found it expedient and necessary to combine more cohesively under the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. This is still the same nation as the United States of America from 1776 onward. It is now officially organized as both a Confederation and a Union (two very different things in the study of International Law).
- Finding the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union to be too weak and inefficient to use, the nation decided to make a change, a major change. They found the Confederation part was the problem (a common experience in history) and wanted to form a stronger, "more perfect" Union. This leads to the Philadelphia Convention in 1787 and the writing of the Constitution. The form of government would no longer be a confederation; they replaced it with something completely new and unknown, the world's first Federal Republic. The Constitution itself tells you they want to form "a more perfect Union", not a new one.
- In complete accord with the law of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, the Congress debated the new Constitution and decided to send it on to the states for ratification. This cannot surprise us because 34 of the men who signed the Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention were also members of the Congress receiving and approving the Constitution.
- The States then ratified it over the next 31 months (which is less than the 39+ months the states took to ratify the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union); given the times and conditions this is a very reasonable time-frame.
- The United States of America never dissolves. The United States of America never comes to an end. All it is doing is re-organizing the structure and rules, the law it operates under. The United States of America remains. The Union remains. The confederated government structure is replaced with the Federal structure we have now.
No, my post is simply a description of what actually happened. As I have said before, no one can show a moment where Rhode Island was ever out of the Union -- and when forced to decide what they wanted, they chose to remain in the Union and ratify the Constitution.I honestly don't know what think you see here. Forget all those meaningless general remarks and look at the historical facts as they are, not as you so desperately want them to be.
Why do you think this is meaningful? Rhode Island chose not to participate while avoiding a decision on the Constitution, so they neither appointed nor elected anyone to send.PS- Who were the Rhode Island Senators between March 4, 1789, and May 29, 1790? Name them both please. Oh, and name its Congressman for that time period as well.