I was a bit baffled as to why anyone would call patriotism an "ugly specter." Is patriotism an "ugly specter" to anyone reading this? If so, please do me a favor and explain how. I suppose American patriotism might indeed be an "ugly specter" to a foreigner like Ms. Davis, but she seems to imply that ANY patriotism is an "ugly specter," which says a lot about her, I suppose.
I'll take the ugly specter of patriotism over the ugly sphincter of liberalism any time.