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The founders created the state. State officers create and run the state. State thugs enforce the mandates of the state.

Voters participate in the process of composing the state and its officers.

However, as sovereign people, the only way "we create" the state is through our consent.

Hell, we could vote in elections and still resist and oppose the state individually.

Democracy is sort of like part of a sales pitch the state offers in order to maintain our consent for it.

And, in fact, a good republican state heavily involves the opinions, perspectives, and will of the general public to the greatest extent possible.

So we as individuals can be part of the state, but as sovereign individuals in the body politic there is the matter of consent or not consent, and that alone.