One of the most difficult things for liberals to comprehend properly is the concept of American Pride-as-such. Deep within the foundations of progressive ideology is a certain resentment of the Traditions of America going back to the Founding.
American Pride is something the Right Wing really LIVES. We not only feel a deep love for the constitution and the founding father's theology and philosophy, but actually live in a state of Pride for our country, our servicemen, and our works. This American Pride is, to me, a clear virtue.
But let us, for a moment, contrast that sentiment with the notion that Pride is a deadly sin. Pope Gregory described it as "the deadliest sin". After all, the Jesus Christ does say "Blessed are the meek". How do we reconcile the notion that pride is a sin with say, love of country and god - and pride in that love.
I think the answer is, we should feel both pride and shame, regarding patriotism.
But let's take it back in history a bit to ancient Greek civilization. Aristotle described "Pride-as-such" as one of the key virtues, in fact, the most important virtue. He had a concept of something he called "The great souled man", or something to that effect. Pride was considered by the Greeks to be, generally, a positive trait in a person. So the philosophy of Pride goes throughout history.
Even until today, when we have "Black Pride" and even "Gay Pride". Are these examples of a kind of "deadly sin"?
I would certainly say so.
But "American Pride" as in "Pride of Country" far exceeds this kind of sin.
Further, pride in one's works and labors should fall under a kind of love of country and God.
So in conclusion,
The word Pride, in latin, translates as "Superbia"...
And when has is ever been bad to be Excellent?