In the United States, babies are more likely to die and high schoolers are less likely to learn than their counterparts in other affluent countries. Politicians may look far and wide for evidence of American exceptionalism, but they won’t find it in the numbers, where it matters.
Patriotism is not seeing only the good things about your country and loving it for those things.
Patriotism is not seeing only the bad things about your country, and loving it anyway.
True patriotism is the ability to see both the good and the bad, and fighting to fix the bad without throwing away the good.