Along with emotion, patriotism can be used as a weapon against clear thinking. We've seen this quite a bit in recent months where any question of what the government is doing and why is met with accusations of anti-patriotism.
I love living in the U.S. and would not choose to live elsewhere, but while I am an American - being an American is not who I am. Does that make sense? Free thinking and the exchange of ideas and ideals is truly the foundation of our system. Limiting that exchange through bullying patriotic rhetoric is bad for the country and the individual.
Pops Blair, 2008