Pretty simple question. You're going on one of two blind dates. The only thing you know about the first person is that she's attractive and successful. The only thing you know about the second person is that she's attractive, successful, and extremely patriotic. Who do you go out with?
I bought Chuck Klosterman's Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs because I've got a lot of free time at work right now. He's got an essay about Billy Joel, and in it he explains how, several months before 9/11, he asked all his friends the above question.
Only one of his friends said he'd date the extremely patriotic person. That same person got outraged that no one else said they'd do it. The rest of his friends view patriotism as a downside.
"I was mostly just amused by how everyone seemed to think extremely patriotic people weren't just undateable, but totally fucking insane. One of them wrote that the quality of 'patriotism' was on par with 'regularly listening to Cat Stevens'".