Article IV, section 4 :
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion;en reading the constitution much more intently these days and discovered something interesting.
Amendment X :
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it (the Constitution) to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Notice the distinction made between the "United States" and the "States". There is a difference! They are not the same! According to the Code of Federal Regulations, sec. 1.638, the statutory definition of the "United States" is the federal zone, any territory purchased or owned by the Federal government. When a federal territory or possession becomes a State (i.e., Illinois) it is no longer a federal territory. It is no longer subject to the legislative jurisdiction of the Federal government except in matters foreign. A State has the authority to govern itself in all matters domestic, including taxation (I'll get to that issue in another post). That is a "republican form of government".
Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution ……..
“The Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United States.”
None of the 50 sovereign states are the property of the United States, the statutory Federal zone. Only Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin islands, Washington, DC, and other federal territories that are not legal States are subject to the rules and regulations of the Federal government. Now do you see why this stuff was not taught in school?