Patriotism is standing up for your rights in the face of others who seek to deny you the rights they take for granted.
Patriotism is knowing full well that you will face hate, ridicule, and bigotry, and still being who you are with no compromises.
Patriotism is protesting the laws and actions of this government when they are based on the demands of a few small loud mouth religious fundamentalist zealots.
Patriotism is electing a president who isn't afraid to show he is a human being, and is willing to admit mistakes.
Patriotism is being an active participant in the world, and not the loud mouth bully that Bush made us out to be for the past 8 years.