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PostTexas "Nationalism" (Timothy Brown, USA, 08/28/17 2:40 pm)
I stand to be corrected, but since Texas is a state of the United States, a Texan is a citizen of Texas and therefore only votes for Texas state officials and the members of Congress that represent them at the national level. No citizen of a state has a vote as to who will be their president. They vote for the electors most likely to vote for the president they want. The electors then elect the president. So, legally, a Texan is, in fact, a Texan first. They are Americans because they are citizens of a sovereign state that is a member of the union of sovereign states we call the United States of America.
A personal example. You must be a citizen of one of the fifty states to be a commissioned Foreign Service Officer. That's why I was officially commission as "Timothy C. Brown, of Nevada," as was our son.
To be a Texan first and American second is a personal choice. It was precisely decisions by individuals that they were loyal to their state first, their nation second, that led to the Civil War.
JE comments: The "sovereign state" concept is central to US federalism, yet it's also a fiction, as 1861-'65 proved.
Still, my earlier point was slightly different, that Texas does have a national sentiment, an "exceptionalism" if you will. Is there anything comparable in Nevada, Tim? We Michiganders are taught to hate Ohio, but that's about as far as it goes.