M.C. When I think of American and when I see the flag and hear the anthem to be honest our government is one of the last things that comes to mind. I think of freedom, liberty, valor, persistence, and a strive to be the best you can be. As a patriot I strive to preserve those principales and strive to make the nation the best it can be. Being a patriot does not particularly mean supporting and submitting to your government and face can mean exactly the opposite. It can be a strive to reform and revive and revolt to change and or restore a nation to it's former glory.
Patriotism is needed or else the nation will become extinct after unity in one nation is achieved unity with other nations can be achieved as well.