Patriotism is a word that is heard a lot, at least in the US. Numerous people claim to be one, and the Tea Party as an organisation regularly self prescribes itself as patriotic. In any case, what do you all think about it. Personally, I find it irrational, because after all, no one chooses where they are born and who they are born to. Secondly, it can create an us vs them mentality, and the idea of superiority and inferiority amongst certain groups. However, I concede that it can also inspire people to do great things for the greater good, and can act as an incredible unifying force for an otherwise scattered people.
So, that's how I see it. What do you lovely people think?