I agree that quoting one guy as proof of "so much ignorance" is perhaps not the best debating strategy. But I can see how that kind of jingoism rankles -- it certainly does with me. There's nothing wrong with being proud of your country, and I would hope that everyone can find something about their own country to be proud. But there's a world (!) of difference between "I'm proud of my country" and "we're number 1 and everywhere else sucks so bad they want to move here." (paraphrasing, of course) It simply isn't necessary, and it diminishes the argument.