The state where you live, joined an association when their application for "statehood" was approved. Similar to a business owner who joins the local Chamber of Commerce, your state joined a union of states for their mutual benefit and protection.
The purpose of the association was to "provide for the common defense" and to "promote the general welfare" of all of the members of the association.
The United States as an association is governed by 50 states' Constitutions and a United States Constitution that tell the association what they can and cannot do.
When an association violates the terms of their Charter, the members have a right to terminate their membership in the association.
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