It seems to be that as the United States federal government and the Presidency in particular have gradually morphed into something more like a European monarchy, our attitude towards its sovereignty has shifted. Certainly no state or province or faction of the ruling class would dare to challenge the military might of the United States in a single act of open revolt.
But as time goes on we challenge it in small acts of secret revolt. Violation, for example, of our draconian system of immigration laws has become quite common. How many appointees to the federal bench or to the office of Attorney General must be caught in nanny-gate scandals involving child care payments to illegal aliens made under the table before we get the fact that our governing class, even that part which is directly pledged to enforce the law, routinely ignore this law?
Most of us aren’t all that rebellious. But when the list of petty tyrannies levied upon us by the governments that are supposed to be instituted for our benefit become so numerous that even knowing the law, much less following it, becomes impossible for citizens, we lose respect for the law, first at the edges, and soon enough, at the core. The governmental reaction is always the same, more laws to force compliance. Oddly, reducing the number of laws would likely enhance compliance with the law.
Playing Calvinball is no way to run a country.