by Francesco Duina
America’s poor have plenty of reasons not to love their country.
By most measures, they face bleak prospects and their government offers them the least support of any other advanced country on earth. Their chances of upward mobility are slim, the gap between their earnings and those of richer Americans continues to grow, and they work exceedingly long hours for very little. They have access to very limited social services and support.
It would be very reasonable for Americans to not love their country – to be resentful, rise up, and demand changes to the social contract of the country.
Instead, America’s poor embrace and idealize their country.
Their patriotism runs deep and exceeds in many cases that of the poor in other advanced countries and that of richer Americans. It not only entails a love of country but a belief in its superiority and greatness. America, they feel, is a better nation than most.