Because that is the definition of the word. When I hear people describe themselves as being "patriotic" or a "patriot" I sometimes ask them if they understand that means they support their present government.
I haven't said the Pledge of Allegiance for almost twenty years after I stopped to think about the meaning of its words and who composed those words. It was written by a socialist. The Pledge includes allegiance to a piece of fabric, a statement that no state has a right to secede (indivisible) a reference to an invisible guy living in the sky (under God) and a statement that there is "liberty and justice for all." Ya, right. What person who has ever been in court and seen our "JUST US" system work believes there is liberty and justice for all?
Check your dictionary.
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