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Steve is basing on a false premis. When a state joins the union, they are entering into the same compact as the original 13 colonies. This compact is between the individual sovereign states.
The state did not enter into a compact with the federal government. The federal government cannot exist without the compact of the individual states, and did not exist until that compact was agreed to. The federal government did not exist on March 3, 1789, it did not exist, until 9 states ratified the constitution, and was agreed to be implemented on March 4, 1789.
So, in the end, the highest authority is the individual sovereign state, and not the federal government.
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