Andrew Sullivan pretty much sums up what I’ve been trying to say on this topic:
So many points here that I vigorously agree with. Patriotism, for instance, as a love not just of where one’s from, but of where one lives now — a sentiment that perhaps more easily takes root in a nation of immigrants like America. Patriotism as opposed to the unquestioning belligerence of nationalism. Patriotism that recognizes that dissent is not treason. Patriotism that remembers, and continues to cherish, the nation’s underlying ideals — even as it critiques how government and public opinion sometimes lose their way.
(Photo by Crystal Borde)