I'm nationalistic in the sense that I subscribe to the "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right" ideology. I believe that if you think there is a problem with your nation than its your duty to address the problem in whatever way you can, not ignore it, not give up, and certainly not run away.
The reason I'm nationalistic is because I believe in this nation's ideals and because I believe that this country can be used to make those ideals a reality. I believe in Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.I feel pride in my countries success and shame in its failures.
The problem with Nationalism is that its commonly intertwined with Race, Religion, and Ethnicity. This how you get things like the Nazi organization, Yugoslavia's breakup, and the KKK.
Is Nationalism decreasing in America? Maybe. Its odd most Americans still believe in there nation, but they absolutely loath the government. The Government's approval ratings took a massive dive in the LBJ/Nixon years and since then have never really recovered.
However I am noticing a disconcerting rise of something I call Anti-Nationalism
(i.e. a growing sense of hatred and/or apathy directed at your country). There seems to be a lack unity in this nation and an increasing amount of cynicism, contempt, and isolationism.
And with this written, I can now finally go to bed.
edited 16th Sep '12 6:24:06 AM by DeviantBraeburn