I'm American and I support America.
I'm American and I oppose America.
I'm European and I support my country and/or oppose the EU.
I'm European and I oppose my country and/or support the EU.
I'm of other nationality and I support my country.
I'm of another nationality and I oppose my country.
First off: Most of the EU countries don't have the Telegraph.
Second: It's a sports item. In an English newspaper. Yeah; I've got some prejudice about sports in the English media. Translating some pieces made me cringe. If it's in an English sports section, you shouldn't take it seriously.
That sounds like a constitution, something EVERY Western country has.
Don't hate nor do I love my country. Although I'd say I'm lucky to have been in one of the most non-oppressive & tolerant countries in the world.
I feel some sense of belonging watching various sports where my countrymen compete in, and when mentioned in International news. But other than that I feel nothing special.
Patriotism is pretty much a no go for me, going by the wiki definition it basically means blind loyalty to your country. Nationalism is a little more "open-minded" but I don't think I'd qualify for that group either. I'm just sort of neutral/not interested; if anything I'd say I'm "loyal" to logic, reason & humanism.
To declare that a personal, inner experience gives certainty about the workings of the universe is to assign far too much value to one’s subjective sense of conviction.
I’m not that arrogant.
The brain, marvelous instrument though it is, isn’t infallible. It can misfire, seize or hallucinate, and it can do so in a way that’s utterly indistinguishable from reality to the person experiencing it.
Socialliberal, love my country to death, I'm also for the EU. Kinda narrow-minded to assume that every European patriot hates the EU and vice versa, we're not a black and white people you know.
$600 billion in Defense spending isn't large government as long as that money IS used exclusively for the sole purpose of Defense.
That same amount of money DOES become large government in the event its used to detain American citizens without trial, subvert the 4th amendment with warrantless wiretaps and other invasive behaviors such as setting up security cameras in public places "for our safety".
Here's a picture of large government. I'm sure the British must have loved seeing this one had they read 1984.
India is a nightmare for anyone living in it. Have you not been reading the news?Because India itself is an artifice, and given their ethnic and religious diversity they are doing quite well.
Even for all the shortcomings of the modern American culture we can take solace in the fact that no external source can use force to change us into something we are not content with.
Sure we use our firepower to play peacekeeping middleman but make no mistake we do so because our government believes it to be in our best interest (even if we don't always agree with them"
Furthermore should a serious threat arise against us we will fight it head on.
And we will do one hell of a lot better defending our own soil than some nation who screwed up and took firearms away from their civilians.