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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.



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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