- An oligarchy, led by a few in charge. And yet, we have let our relatively small group of representatives and a few of their very wealthy supporters and clients, appear to be an oligarchical cadre making major decisions that promote their self-aggrandizement, instead of an elected legislature of citizen representatives making decisions on behalf of the People.
- A perfect form of government. We are rather a work always in progress; always in need of reform and restructure; always a target for correction when failing to carry out government duties and responsibilities in a just and fair process.
A confederacy of sovereign States. Supposedly, we resolved that issue with a bloody Civil War, but there are those radicals who still believe that states have a right to declare federal laws null and void in their State when those laws don't please, comfort or comport with their own cherishedbeliefs or traditions. Some even think that an organized militia can legally override federal law and authority and seize federal land and property that they claim was taken from them (being demonstrated right now out West).
- Way before the Supreme Court declared that federal law is sovereign over State law, there was something way back at our beginnings as a nation that demonstrated quite clearly that the early confederacy of colonies was little more than a "friendship" between states but all but unworkable in actual practice. The existing Congress called a special (secretive) meeting in Philadelphia in 1787 to deal with the crisis by amending the Articles of Confederation (ratified in 1781).
- However, many of the Founding Fathers, including George Washington, felt a strong national/central government was a necessity for the preservation of the Republic. Some compromises had to be made to preserve some state privileges (such as equal representation in the Senate), but the concept of confederacy was essentially rejected by the Constitutional Convention, and the delegates emerged with a whole new Constitution that allowed for an Executive with somewhat limited powers as well as a Judiciary, both of which were absent from the Articles of Confederation.
- Unfortunately, we still have to abide periodic assaults upon our central government by states' rights advocates who still speak the venomous language of invalidation, nullification and even secession. At a lesser volume, we still hear the old saw about having government returned to the states so it will be closer to the people. It is all for naught. We simply are not a confederacy.