A few days ago, Instapundit linked to an oped in the LA Times discussing patriotism as being passe. It's quite the thing to not believe in American exceptionalism these days.
There's a very famous short story that no one reads anymore that deals with the subject. But of course, people in ages past knew nothing about anything.
I'm a patriot because I have lived in Canada and the Belgium. I love my country because we are unique. We are the only country established in furtherance of a set of principles. And when we have flourished it has been because we adhered to those principles.
But of course, our Founding Fathers knew nothing about anything.