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Didn't the U.S. start out as a virtuous libertarian government,
-NO! how this got started, I don't understand. The people that founded this government believed that a BIG STRONG GOVERNMENT would protect them from the other governments that occupied this planet. So they set out to design the biggest of the big, and baddest of the bad government they could imagine. Both on the federal level and on the state level. Read your state's constitution some time. It is totalitarian and only leaves a few rights to the individual.

and are we still one?
-No...see above