How deep does national identity discourse run?

What is the difference between patriotism and nationalism? This article explores the deeper discourse of identity that often seems undiscussable and remains undiscussed. "The elephant in the room" is a term used to describe something that though having enormous influence and importance goes unnoticed or is repressed and not dealt with.
Perhaps the case of the USA, discussed here is an powerful example of this inability to reflect, perceive, and discuss something that seems taboo, something too close for comfort. This is particularly interesting in the case of the USA, since the elephant in the room seems to be Trump-eting loudly the current political identity discourse. To me the article seems to be a call examine, not just the US situation, but the deep uncultural discourse that my lie at the heart of our identities in the various groups that we are part of.
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