This year, I noticed it has become more and more unpopular, even “offensive,” to express American patriotism. Kneeling for the National Anthem is now applauded as an act of courage, while chanting “USA” at sporting events is met with disdain because it is somehow not inclusive enough. According to a Gallup survey published back in the summer, 74 percent of conservatives consider themselves proud to be American while only 32 percent of liberals would agree. What’s perhaps more intriguing is that these numbers are similar to those from Obama’s presidency, meaning that Donald Trump is not the determining factor. So why is it that so few liberals express pride in being American?