I am a patriot. I love being a citizen of the greatest nation on Earth. I get a lump in my throat every time I hear the national anthem, whether it is at a football game or on a televised event. When I was in high school, I recited the “Pledge of Allegiance” every morning with pride.
I think this is called having a 'false consciousness', rather like the workin gclass boy, getting work as a valet cleaning the aristocrat's boots and being grateful for the opportunity. The aristocrat will never regard the valet as his equal.