In my opinion, [patriotism/loyalty/allegiance] has nothing to do with being [liberal/conservative/etc.], and has everything to do with the ability to deliver a sound, well-thought out argument that contributes to the conversation. The employment and articulation of critical thinking not only makes for a stronger individual, but a stronger collective as well. Blind endorsement of a [flag/concept/religion/etc.] is merely tribalism.
Tribalism weakens the collective; it destroys the opportunity for uncomfortable growth (through productive debate), and wallows in a rush of simplistic elitism. In the end, if opportunities to grow are continually neglected, then the interest will compound, and the payment will come in the form of a giant catastrophe.