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It depends on how "Patriotism" is being shown. If it's simple "Go America!" stuff, that's fine. When you start to include religion like in the song, I think that's where we need to draw the line. To this day, I refuse to recite the pledge of allegiance. In fact, I almost got in trouble one day in high school years ago when I deliberately left out under god. Patriotism should also be fought when it's really nationalism disguised as patriotism, as others here have said. Most times when I see "Patriotism" it's either tied in with christianity or thinly veiled nationalism.
I take no issue with the person who says "I love America!" but I do take issue with the person who says "I love America! We're the best country in history!"
and our border down southUm, could you clarify exactly the battle you are referring to on our border?
Patriotism is the U.S. word for nationalism. Nations are quite recent--about 1400 in western culture--and nationalism, as someone wiser than I has averred, is "the philosophy of idiots." I was born on this clod of earth rather than that one, so I need to murder and die in Afghanistan to defend my clod.
Foolish and vicious.
Patriotism is the illogical belief that your country is better than any other simply because you were born there.
It's a useful tool though for those willing, cynical and manipulative enough to pull at the old heartstrings with a few waving flags and songs shockingly scored songs...