We have been living under an illegal government since 1789. In 1787, the states sent delegates to a convention whose purpose was to propose amendments to the Articles of Confederation -- which was the original constitution of the United States -- with a view towards strengthening the federal government and making it better equipped to perform necessary government functions. Although many of the delegates arrived at the convention intending to draft a new government rather than fix the old one, that isn't where the problem lies -- a new government could, within the limits of the old one, be adopted by the states. No, the problem lies in the rules by which the new Constitution was ratified. The Articles of Confederation contain this prescribed procedure for amending the document: Article XIII. Every state shall abide by the determinations of the united states in congress assembled, on all questions which by this confederation are submitted to them. And the Articles of this confederation shall be inviolably observed by every state, and the union shall be perpetual; nor shall any alteration at any time hereafter be made in any of them; unless such alteration be agreed to in a congress of the united states, and be afterwards confirmed by the legislatures of every state. Source: The Articles of Confederation - 1777 Now, the convention could propose any amendments it liked, up to and including "scrap the whole damned thing and use this instead." But the procedure for ratifying the new Constitution was clearly spelled out: 1) Congress approved the new constitution (presumably by a simple majority vote since nothing to the contrary is spelled out); and afterwards the change is ratified by the legislatures of EVERY STATE! But this procedure was not followed with the Constitution! It went into effect after being ratified by only nine states, and at that not by their legislatures but by ratification conventions. Now, granted, eventually all states ratified the Constitution, but considering that those reluctant to ratify were presented with a fait accomplis -- join up or leave the union -- there really wasn't much choice about it once the new government was already in place. So there it is. From the moment George Washington was first inaugurated as President and the first Congress sworn in, the United States government has been unconstitutional.