Patriotism is a bond of affection to your people and the common ideals thereof. When a splinter threatens to sever that bond; when alienation and rejection continually occurs; then a subset of the people will begin rallying more around a regional or local identity.
This was true during the American revolution. But what made that event more difficult was that the 13 separate colonies were each formed around it's unique identity. Often that identity was found in the colony's dominant faith or denomination. Those 13 colonies formed a commonwealth of 13 individual sovereign states. For more than 10 years after the famous declaration of independence, the colonies were commonwealths in a loose confederacy. They greatly objected to being forced into a federation. That's why the 1787 constitution failed to be adopted until the 10 demands of the common people were agreed to.
Expansion without Alienation: How long and how big.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...