Patriotism is not some fuzzy feeling about one’s country or its flag, although it may involve those things. It’s a form of partialism, no different in principle from the partiality that one owes to one’s family, friends, neighbors, co-religionists, or colleagues. The opposite of patriotism is cosmopolitanism, which is a form of impartialism.¬†Cosmopolitanism holds that there is no morally relevant difference between one’s compatriots and others. Duties are owed to individuals as such, not to¬†individuals as fellow citizens. I’ve been paying close attention to Barack Obama for several months. I’m not convinced that he’s a patriot. In fact, there is ample evidence that he is a cosmopolitan. Think long and hard before voting for someone who believes there is nothing special about being an American.