Let me explain my claim to be a patriot. My loyalty to the United States is not contingent on it being the greatest nation on earth. Even if it is, that may change. My loyalty is not contingent on a history of righteousness. Our treatment of “native Americans” and others whose property we desired, our status as leaders in the distribution of pornography, and our market for harmful drugs are among the facts making that claim shaky. My loyalty is not contingent upon my agreement with our founding values. I am not convinced oppression by the British justified abandoning Biblically prescribed submission to “the authorities that exist.”
There is much about the United States, historically and currently, that is noble. But the most important reason for my patriotism, for my sense of responsibility to the United States is simply because it is my home. My loyalty and sense of responsibility to my family is not dependent upon its members being the greatest, most noble, or most anything. The bottom line is they are my family. And the United States is my country.