I think everyone is familiar with this concept:
I can bag on my mom and you can bag on your mom. But under no circumstances can YOU bag on MY mom.
Lately I’m feeling that way about the U.S. and its international relations. I’m not super thrilled about everything they do, but I understand where the decisions are coming from (mostly), because I get who the players are and what motivates them. But when people from elsewhere spout off about how stupid and wrong the actions of the U.S. government are, I get very uncomfortable. I occasionally have to suppress the urge to shout, “Why don’t you stop talking out of your ass?” And if you’ve met me in person, you know just how out of character that is.
As TQE says, I’m an expatriate, not an ex-patriot. Anyone else experience patriotism flare-ups?