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Mon., March 23, 2009, 5:21 p.m.

Lawmaker: U.S. is a ‘confederacy’

Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, told the House on Monday that the United States is really a
Rep. Dick Harwood, R-St. Maries, told the House on Monday that the United States is really a "confederacy." He was arguing in favor of his non-binding memorial, HJM 4, declaring the state's sovereignty from the federal government. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Promoting his state sovereignty resolution on the floor of the Idaho House of Representatives today, St. Maries Rep. Dick Harwood declared that the United States is really a "confederacy." "To be accurate, we're a confederated republic," the fifth-term Republican then told the House. Political scientists said Harwood's dead wrong, and a longtime Kootenai County human rights activist said the use of the term "confederacy" is offensive. Harwood said, "If I'm wrong, then I guess I'm wrong. But my understanding of it all was that we were a confederated republic." He said he thought President Lincoln changed things so that states couldn't secede, but that the nation remained a confederacy. "Lots of things that have happened in the history of our country never get told in college courses," Harwood said. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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