The Issue Of American Patriotism

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Nationalism and patriotism is a very touchy subject for some people just due to the fact of everyone having their own opinion on what it means. Some people just do not know the difference between the two, or just don’t know if there even is a difference. They are very often commonly confused as the same thing and I can see why at first glance, but after searching this subject on many credible sources I have come to find many clarifying and interesting facts on this particular topic.
First of all, the actual definition of American patriotism is the pride and devotion to one’s homeland. As everything does, there are pros and cons to being a patriot. For example, a pro would be that it leads us to feel proud of and for our county. That …show more content…

Unless your knowledge is of a universal type, equally useful and valued anywhere; then it makes no difference where you live, as long as you enjoy your life. Another being specialization; patriotism instinctively guides citizens to discover their natural and cultural specialties: their own resources, traditions, industries, and identity that has existed for ages. They will not imitate or copy another country blindly. Loving a place makes one automatically love, learn, cherish, and improve the special qualities about it/them. A couple of the others are commitment and security. Most cons of patriotism fall under the category of centralization being harmful. They claim that the benefits enjoyed by centralized countries will eventually be shared by everyone worldwide. They say that it is not a big problem to desert some countries as long as citizens are happy and successful elsewhere. They also claim that in over populated countries, or those with high unemployment rates, its better when people leave. I do not neccesarily agree with all of this but I do think the majority of the claims made are true.
Nationalism has two definitions that basically mean the same thing but one is more easily understood. The more complicated version saying that

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