One of the failures of the left has been their inability to claim the language of patriotism while the right has made it synonymous with their obectives. This isn’t too surprising. After all, some element of the left is troubled by any form of nationalism. Many, many more are aware of the death and imperialism which has historially followed this kind of rhetoric making its use not only troubling, but also morally questionable. But most, I think, are just uncomfotable with the unspoken assumptions behind it, about who is or isn’t part of this nation.
The following post from one of my favorite blogs is an exceptional take on this: