The “United States” fundamentally lacks the characteristics of a nation. Its people have no shared history, culture, or values, because the country they’re in came about artificially. It’s a project for building up capital, constructed on land that was annexed in wars of aggression. America’s Christian nationalists have no actual nation, only a brand. They compensate for this by promoting the myths which maintain the settler state’s illusion of not being an occupation, of being something worth defending. Violence and lies, serving to continue the extraction which fascism’s petty-bourgeois base depends upon, are the tools for survival from an empire that’s imploding in on its contradictions. Christian fascism provides a cultural foundation for this project, so all of its abuses are seen as acceptable by a ruling class that’s increasingly empowering this dangerous tendency.