Being proud to be an American does not make you a bad person. It doesn't even mean that you agree with everything that "America" is doing. What I do is what matters. If you don't know what I do... you don't know me and you certainly aren't in a position to judge me.
I had an excellent conversation at my church last night re: politics.. yes it can happen...
I said: We have plenty of mechanisms to actually manage disagreement but discussion and debate is critical to get to a decision/management point. Cutting one another off at the knees.. making so much commentary personal... invoking identity and emotion is mean spirited and dangerous. It destroys the relationships... which is a BAD THING.
Division and Demagoguery are Destructive and Devastating.
It is possible to disagree without those things.
HOW 2 DISAGREE 101: VOTING
My opinion is clear -- Telling your friends how evil they are and judging their hearts and intentions is pretty shaky ground for ALL SIDES.
Intersection of principles and practices...