Taking your trash out - patriotic hero.
Your bitterness is showing, FFabian. I show appreciation for people that do things I respect and so does Spock. Do you feel left out? Do you need a hug? Are you ok, FFabian? If you want a pat on your back, then let me know.
This overly enthusiastic patriotism got you in this mess. It made you complacent.
Have you ever met @wrybread or something like that? I mean, I'm not saying you're being a presumptuous ass or anything, but maybe you should know who're talking to before making such wild assumptions about people?
First you object to what you call "smarmy patriotism", then you turn your spite towards "enthusiastic patriotism". Are you angry and confused, FFabian? It would certainly appear so.
How about this? Lighten up and float away.