Patriot: One who loves, supports, and defends one's country. Patriotism: love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it.
Hmmm. Don't think so.
Admittedly, my point wasn't clearly expressed. I am not saying that patriotism is a farce. What I'm saying is that some may find pledging allegiance to the Republic inappropriate if they feel that the Republic no loger upholds its espoused ideals of liberty and justice. That doesn't make them less patriotic.
I'm not trying to speak on Eric's behalf, but I think your question to him was off the mark. You were begging the question.
I often omit the part about god. Sometimes I add "and liberty and justice for the priviledged and powerful." Other times, I don't bother adding anything.
My brother's ring tone is "proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free" and I usually sing along with "Proud to be an American, where at least I can pretend I'm free!" LOL