the United States are enemies of said United States.
Respectful disagreement is a recognized hallmark of a republic, but many states-righters have gone far beyond the bounds of civil discourse.
You’ll note that when we recite the Pledge of Allegiance it’s not to the state of Indiana or any one of the other forty-nine, but rather to the United States. How many citizens even know the Indiana State Anthem? I don’t,** but I do well know our national anthem, which, while almost impossible for the average person to sing, and which is regularly murdered by rock’n’rollers, hip-hoppers, red necks and other alleged “singers” preceding sports events, it is our anthem, and I, for one, am proud of it.
Blood, sweat, tears and countless lives have been sacrificed to preserve the union that some alleged patriots would now choose to tear apart.
* If those 556 Indian tribes had stuck together instead of fighting each other, their outcome might have been different.
* Those who push state powers over those of the nation are not true believers in the United States of America and its destiny. Some of these people are those stockpiling assault rifles in the vague hope that someday they will take up arms against the “fedral gummint.”