The United States either bows its head in shame for celebrating the murderous exploits of Columbus and the settler colonizers that followed him, or continues to glorify him and the world he represents.
Exceptionalism has always been core to American patriotism, and American exceptionalism is no longer tenable.
Patriotism is the organising passion of modern political life in the United States yet its vitality defies obvious explanation. The country has no national education system. There’s neither compulsory military nor civil service. No government agency distributes the ubiquitous US flags, nor enforces observance of the rituals to country performed at