As such, it makes certain practical demands of the person: loyalty to his nation, collaboration in its political order and the will to seek the moral perfection of his people. Patriotism, in the American context, is an intricate latticework of ideals, sentiments, and overlapping loyalties.
If a Left version of patriotism tried to use any of these elements, the result would only deepen people's alienation and, by undermining the consciousness of class interests, make the attainment of our socialist goals all that more difficult. Using a runner of red, white, and blue, you can add candle sticks, a mirror, a flag, apples, and possibly a birdhouse all done in the American colors to add a special look to your fireplace.
In the new patriotism you will endeavor to see your fellow Americans as valid beings with legitimate concerns, opinions and points of view. President Trump has undoubtedly caused many Americans to feel less patriotic, but the truth is that patriotism has been waning for years.
Somehow I find myself more patriotic now than I was on the sidelines of a 4th of July parade as a kid, waving a flag at the police cars driving by. I think it's because now my patriotism truly is the respect, loyalty and love that Americans define it as. More specifically, respect, loyalty and love for my neighbors that also call the United States home, and less for empty symbolism.