Can one love one’s country, and not respect the state?

YES:

There are, I suspect, many people who confuse America –this beautiful and bounteous land with which we are blessed–with the United States , that corporation calling itself the government, which owns and operates it through its front men, those windbags in Washington . That’s a shame, because one’s natural love for the country rubs off on the United States, so to speak, tending to give it (notice how the “United States” is always singular!) a respectability which it does not deserve. 

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