Patriotism is something innately due our country in return for the many riches and opportunities it affords us. Taxes are statutory entitlements the people grant to the government in return for certain constitutionally mandated obligations. "Country" is not synonymous with "government." Country is a diverse union consisting of the citizenry - we the people. Country is the basis and the process from which innovation abounds, dreams are realized, and goods are produced. Government is merely an autocratic bureaucracy that attempts to regulate and control the actions of the country. Government produces no goods and no products. It only consumes resources and redistributes them. -- A friend of mine
Food for thought.