I understand, times are tough and patriotic displays are one place we can afford to cut spending. A few dollars for fireworks on the Fourth and a "Support Our Troops" bumper sticker under three bucks. That's about all we've got, just like everyone else. Oh, and we sing the National Anthem before baseball games. We all do that too. Being a patriot got a bad rap in the 1980's, when love of America took a back seat to the white supremacist, gun toting lunatic in the woods of wherever who was certain the Guberment (not a typo) was gonna kill us in them FEMA camps the UN was setting up. Oddly enough, this redefinition of patriotism took place at the same time being a Global citizen came into fashion. Weird, huh? I'm not saying it was a conspiracy, just pointing out that it's one of those perfectly timed and well planned coincides that happen rather regularly.
Sort of like the chemical weapons attack coincidences that precede just about anywhere on the globe we take a pining to invading ala' Iraq, Syria, Libya. It's damn peculiar.
However, patriotism is a good thing because it keeps reminding people that even when we disagree, we're still on the same side so we don't turn into a bunch of disparate feuding factions, right? That would make us susceptible to being manipulated one against the other. United we stand, right? Next thing you'd know we'd be jumping from one endless war to another and robbed by sleazy business tycoons running giant financial scams, and getting away with it, too. Right? Political parties would be defrauding the voters, political candidates would walk away from felonies scott free in a country where the people don't give a dootie about their nation or their future because it's been so mismanaged it's hopeless. Just take a valium, smoke an oxy, or shoot some heroin, hell shoot yourself, and call it a night.