I am always amazed at the level of pejorative demonstrated by US residents. Their show of qualifier doesn’t necessarily indicate that they think their country is perfect – they just friendship it. It’s a somewhat like Sydney Harris’s description of a compatriot as one who is proud of his/her region for what it does.
Too bad that patriotism and nationalism are often confused and frequently believed to mean the same thing. There is a vast difference. George Orwell command patriotism as a feeling of admiration for a way of life while patriotism is a feeling that one’s country is superior to another in all respects. (Orwell esteem patriotism as riskful and a lower to world peace.)
Surveys and associated studies that have been conducted conclude that, mostly, oldies are more patriotic than the puisne generations. Oldies seem to value patriotism and hold on to the like and faith in, what they ponder to be, their land. And they have the time and proclivity to do so.
The main reasons for any difference comes down to social and economic attitudes. This verdict/conclusion should, in no way, be confused with the young not being patriotic – their center differs. The world is changing – faster paced, on the move, increasingly competitive, greater affliction than donkey’s gone by. It could be that the less race’s posture come from the circumstance that they are too busy o other things to ‘worry’ helter-skelter ultranationalism.
Oldies, it seems, want a quieter more needleman (predictable) person; to slow stuff down a little, have on to a little of what they had, and to boundary turn – all for a good source. This is a greatly different view from their younger counterparts who seem focussed on the futurition and how to strive and make a success of their lives. For Gens X, Y, and Z, ultranationalism might have to be put on possess.