No bragging rights
We in the U.S. are not still on our ‘first Republic’ so as to gain bragging rights over the French. We entered the Second Republic when the Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation. We entered the third with Reconstruction. We may have entered a fourth just before WWI with the addition of a federal income tax, followed by the Federal Reserve and New Deal (the consolidation of central power that the founders had been anxious to avoid). The tenth amendment, which struck down laws as recently as 1935, is now a dead letter.
Josoph Sobran, 7/20/1989