American patriotism is different from most other forms of "patriotism."
Others hold loyalty to a king, or to a party, or to an ethic group, or to a terrestrial region.
WE hold loyalty to an ideal.
I've had several arguments, recently, with leftists who find it odd that I, who claim to be a patriot, can oppose our "great leader." They truly believe that patriotism means blind obedience to our rulers.
There are now as many of them as there are of us. And they follow their rulers as a matter of faith, not of intellect... meaning they can't be argued with.
It's truly frightening.