The love of country-patriotism-is a very different sentiment from nationalism. A fine book beautifully distinguishes between nationalist and patriotic sentiments. Nationalism is an aggrandizing,tribalistic sentiment that define one’s own group as opposed to alien’s groups, which are seen as potential rivals or enemies to be overcome or excluded. Patriotism, by contrast, implies love of country without necessarily implying hostility to anybody else.
American patriotism is built of shared knowledges, attitudes, loyalties, and values, including the values of nonexclusion, toleration, and respect for other religions and cultures. American have proved it is possible to feel patriotic about a coscompolitan, diverse country, which is loved more of its vital diversity than for its racial, or ethnic purity.