Conservatism is Patriotic, Not Nationalistic

Is there a difference between nationalism and patriotism? This is a question many of our fellow Americans have been asking over the past several years, and too many political and media leaders blur the line between the two.

While nationalism and patriotism are often times portrayed as two sides of the same coin, they are completely different approaches to how an individual relates to his or her country. Nationalism is an allegiance or love of one’s country based primarily on race, ethnicity, and ancestry. Patriotism is love of one’s country based on its ideals, values, and beliefs. In short, nationalism is tribal while patriotism is principled and philosophical.