In theory:
Patriotism is a feeling of pride and love for one's country. Common acts of patriotism include erecting a flag of one's country in the home or yard, decorating one's car with as many flags as possible, and singing national tunes!

However, a deeper look into the "patriotic" mentality reveals something more complex and disturbing then the aforementioned phenomena. Why should anyone feel the need to exalt his own country over another? What is so special about his country that makes it so that he is "proud to be a (insert random nationality here)"? And what exactly is he proud of? Is patriotism being proud of one's heritage? If this is the case, then there should be no need to masquerade symbols of pride, for that is just arrogance! It is analogous to a situation where a man is very proud of his personal accomplishments. The man constantly walks around singing about his accomplishments, wearing clothing representing his accomplishments, and even writing books about his accomplishments! Is this not arrogance? Is this necessary? Rather, the man should be inwardly happy about his personal accomplishments, but should carry on with his business without boasting. Just as, in any country, a person should not become "patriotic," but should rather hold an inward respect for his country, equal to his respect for other countries. Because aren't all men created equal? And accordingly, culture, a creation of man, and religion, though somewhat more dubiously, a creation of man, are all equal. And there is no need for the exaltation of any particular nationality in any way, shape, or form.

In reality:
Patriotism is perhaps THE single most effective political tool (though arguably less than religion). This concept of patriotism, of being proud of one's country, is used to control and condition the opinions of the general masses. For just one example of many, consider this:
Sympathizing with a little Iraqi child whose entire family was killed during the US invasion is unpatriotic. And if not unpatriotic, it is at least unimportant compared to the death of a US soldier, because God knows that American lives are more important than any other life!
Politicians will use patriotism to breed resentment to other races and nationalities, and to justify certain actions that otherwise would not be tolerated. It is important to understand that patriotism is also frequently used to "bind" a person to his country, and in doing so, stifle dissent, and make it generally unacceptable. Basically patriotism is a tool to make the general populace have a single opinion that is supplementary to the actions (or future actions) of the politicans in power at the time.
Let's be individuals! Let's not be sheep to be herded by the shephard that is "patriotism"!
by For The People August 7, 2004
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The 5th most common word in the USA, with "give", "me", "another" and "burger", just beating it to the top 4 places.
Give me another burger cos i'm a patriot
by elliot September 22, 2003
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A well accomplished NFL team that has gone under much scrutiny due to an incident involving film. They have an excellent record, have broken numerous records and won more than one superbowl which is an accomplishment in itself. Many people who are anti-patriots come up with poor excuses to dislike them such as calling them (and their coach) "cheaters" despite the fact they aren't the only team that has filmed other teams. If you aren't competent enough to come up with an excuse for hating them just call them "cheaters" and high five whoever is near you.
-Dude the patriots are such fuckin cheaters they deserve to lose against manning!

uhh, they didn't cheat they just didn't stand in the designated spot while filming. Maybe you should read up on the rules before u say retarded things like that...

-STFU u fag! They DID cheat I know it!

can I just have my coffee already?
by Supadupah February 17, 2008
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1590s, "compatriot," from Middle French patriote (15c.) and directly from Late Latin patriota "fellow-countryman."

Ironically, in the mid-18th century patriot also meant a “factious disturber of the government”
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The belief that your country is better than everyone elses because you were born there.
Person from Iraq: I have patriotism, go Iraq, fuck America!
Person from America: God bless America, nuke em!
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loving your country, yet attempting to fix its faults -- instead of glossing over the unsavory parts.
patriotism is not following Bush and Cheney blindly into war. patriotism is hoping to remove their kind from office, to better America and strengthen civil liberties.

"We love America just as much as they do. But in a different way. You see, conservatives love America the way a four-year-old loves her mommy. Liberals love America like grown-ups. To a four-year-old, everything Mommy does is wonderful and anyone who criticizes Mommy is bad. Grown-up love means actually understanding what you love, taking the good with the bad, and helping your loved one grow."

-- al franken, lies and the lying liars that tell them
by amazingly June 13, 2006
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