2. A term conservatives identify with enough to be able to tolerate incessant liberal whining.
3. A term many liberals will whine about.
4. A term conservatives will abuse, thus pissing off liberals causing them to whine more.
Typical liberal: I love my country but believe it is seriously flawed and a major problem in the world.
Typical conservative: I love my country and believe it is ultimtely a force of good in the world.
Far-right facist psychopath: I love my country so much that other countries should do as we say or die.
To put these two stems together would equal "the act of... land of one's fathers". Obviously we need to fill in the blank. As you can read above people have many different choices as to what goes into that blank(criticising, disagreeing with).
However, plainly stated, the definition of Patriotism is not up for discussion. and the word that goes into that blank is "love" or "devotion". A strong statement I know, but true. Please do not assume because I use strong words like love and devotion I am trying to conotate this definition, they are simply words, with definitions of their own, that are in the definition of the word patriotism.
Patriotism: n. - the act of loving or showing devotion to one's country.
Let's face it, patriotism is not a political stance or a veiw point. It's an emotion. Just like all emotions, how you choose to display them to the world is entirely up to you.
Patriotism is the pride in your country, to love your nation because of what it defends and maintains, or in our case, freedom.
However, some twisted fuckers confused it with nationalism, which is NOT patriotism, and is really to submit yourself to the authority of your government, and do everything you can do maintain the survival of your militant nation, especially self sacrifice in the name of blind hate and racism.
A fake, sick, un-American, nationalist bigot is some idiot who supports unjust wars in the name of getting to watch muslims die on CNN, without any interest in improving or reforming unjust social and political conditions.