What you don't understand is patriotism is about taking pride in your country itself, not comparing your country against others.
Likewise, merely being employed objectifies domestic workers as cogs in a machine. We work to live, we don't live to work.
When you put economics first, people forget there's a right and wrong way to do things. Instead, they just want things to get done.
Therefore, they don't care if the government taxes and spends. Keynesian deficit stimulus is activity just as much as any other.