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(h/t Balloon Juice)

No, this is not from The Onion.  It's real.

So there's this woman running for the Iowa state senate, who suddenly decided to drop out of the race and declare herself to be the new U.S. Senator from "The Republic of The United States of America".

The Republican candidate for a state Senate seat in eastern Iowa has ended her campaign and instead declared herself a U.S. Senator for the state of Iowa.

In a letter dated July 4, the candidate, Randi Shannon of Coralville, argued that the legitimate federal government of the United States was replaced by illegitimate “corporate” government in 1871 and has been operating since then in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

She learned this fact just recently, she said, and has come to believe it after months of research.

Dropping her bid for state office was a rejection of that illegitimate government. Now, she said she has been appointed to serve as a U.S. senator in the recently revived and constitutionally legitimate Republic of the United States of America. She was placed in the office, she said, by Iowa’s four U.S. House members in the “Republic” government.

Oh, and there's this.
Shannon, who describes herself as a Ron Paul supporter, backs many of the same policy positions famously espoused by the Libertarian-leaning Texas congressman. She advocates eliminating the Department of Education (following its transfer to the Republic of the United States) and drastically cutting taxes while ending foreign occupations and stopping the Affordable Care Act. And, since she believes the government has been a false one for a century and a half, she considers all amendments to the Bill of Rights from the 14th on to be invalid.
So, sorry black people, you're not citizens of the United States anymore.  Well, at least not in her United States.  And women, if you don't like this move, sorry, you can't vote her out, because you no longer have the right to vote in her United States.  (No word on holding office, though.)

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