Why Is Patriotism So Deeply Ingrained In The U.S. Populace?

Americans have a lot to be proud about. They exhibit a stubbornness and willingness to fight for independence from Great Britain, the ‘Greatest Generation helped turn the tide of the Second World War, freedom of speech is enshrined in their constitution. Equal rights may have some way to realize the lofty dreams of the politicians that wrote those into the constitution – but it’s there. They are surrounded in large part by an abundance of consumer goods. They have a vibrant democracy (even if it does seem tremendously partisan at times) and they value family by and large as the bedrock of society – and they are fiercely independent.

But each of these attributes is an imperfect expression of an ideal. However, in a society as diverse as that found in the United States the achievement of that ‘perfect union’ was never going to an easy journey. The question remains, why are American’s so patriotic? Those who finally achieve their dream of becoming American citizens are among the most patriotic of all – why should this be?

Those newly minted citizens may offer some insight into patriotism in the U.S. As elusive as the idea of freedom is and as imperfectly executed and protected in the United States, American’s believe that they are the most free people on the face of the Earth – they celebrate that with vigorous displays of patriotism. In politics and in society truth sometimes does not matter. American citizens are policed by a Federal Government that places strict limits on what they can and cannot do. They are taxed, they are constrained in their behavior (for the ‘greater good’) and they are subject to a bewildering number of rules and regulations.

However, the very idea of freedom and the pride that most American’s feel in a country that, although somewhat tarnished by its overseas adventures, is still the bastion of freedom – and that is perhaps the most important factor contributing to overwhelming American patriotism.