Why do most right-wing extremists rail against the federal government with conspiracy theories and claim over-reaching authority while standing beside or behind the American flag? They’ll also vigorously defend state rights over federal rights.
The last time I checked, the American flag is America, and represents the U.S. government. As a veteran, I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America (a federal government document) against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
If you’re going to bad-mouth and complain about the U.S. government, you’re essentially doing the same to America and its symbol, the flag.
Leave it home, don’t display it, scrape it off your car bumper or rear window of your vehicle, or shut up.