It would be easy to determine who is more of an American Patriot than another if it was about the trappings of Patriotism. By trappings, I mean the flag, the bunting, the jingoisms of Mom, Apple Pie, Chevrolet. The more trappings, the more one is a Patriot.
Perhaps patriotism is about awareness and deeds. It's not about the words and symbols.
Patriotism is about the obligation and commitment to pay taxes.
Patriotism is recognizing the differences in others and appreciating them for the differences. Even if their differences are abhorrent.
Patriotism is about your awareness of those less fortunate than you. And being obligated to help them.
Patriotism is the love of one's country as well as the love of one's community.
What does Patriotism mean to you?