What is America?
America isn't a "thing" and certainly isn't the geography -- because the geography keeps changing (remember we started as 13 colonies ... some territory was bought -often with questionable title- while some was blatantly stolen. And then there are ongoing tectonic and erosion forces).
America isn't the government because the government is mostly illegal in terms of the Constitution. It has no more legality, in a commonlaw sense, that would any Junta which took over the government by force and proceeded to extract value from the population.
America isn't the people who live within the official boundaries. If you are outside the US you can still be American. I would also say that if you live in the US, even if you have citizenship, you are not really an American if you are opposed to the legal framework: the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. So a MAJORITY of current citizens aren't Americans at all ... and I don't regard them as my countrymen.
America is a philosophy and an ideal.
No matter where the ideal and philosophy live, that is where America is. The legal fictions are just fiction.
Bill of Rights /Amendment X: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Do you need a politician or judge to "interpret" those 28
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