I do not understand patriotism. Thankfully I was not indoctrinated that way. I do know that is why if I dare to say anything critical of the USA (even though I made criticisms of our own, and also made it clear I am well aware that not all Americans are the same and did not generalise), people take it personally, don't rea dclearly, and don;t think clearly and rush off a defenisve comment with unfoudned accustations. Don't do that. You are only proving to some that Americans are exactly the way they view them. I would not like that to be so because I know that not all Americans think alike just the same as we over here do not.
Disagreeing with things your government does or what your fellow countrymen allow is not a personal attack on you although from what I understand of the indoctrination that gives rise to suhc ardent patriotism, it is not surprising as that is how youa re programmed. It is how you can accept the unaccpetbale becaus eyou have been told since you were knee high that to dissent is unpatriotic and being unpatritoc is evil.
(AND YES I DO KNOW THAT MANY MANY MANY AMERICANS ESCAPED THIS WAY OF THINKING, SO NO NEED TO TELL ME! JUST THE SAME AS I KNOW THAT NOT ALL BRITISH PEOPLE SPEAK LIKE THE QUEEN, TAKE AFTERNOON TEA OR ON THE OTHER HAND, ARE RACIST SKINHEADS WHO TATTO SWASTIKAS ON THEMSELVES! AND NOT ALL FRENCH PEOPLE EXCHEW BATHING! PLEASE TRY AND READ WIH AN OPEN MIND. COMMENT AS YOU WILL BUT I WILL CENSOR ABUSE.)