Fewer Democrats are proud to be Americans today. Apparently, knowing that at least they're free just isn't enough anymore in the Trump-era.
New polling from Gallup shows that the number has dropped to a new low. Just 67 percent say they're "extremely" or "very" proud to be an American, down 11 percentage points from a year ago.
National pride on the left side of the aisle has never been this bad. Gallup reports that the numbers fell below the previous low set in January 2007. In other words, when President Bush was in the White House and American bombs were falling in the Middle East, Democrats were still more proud to be an American than today.
While the Gallup pollsters didn't peer too deeply into the barometer of patriotism the reason is obvious. The fall of Hillary Clinton and subsequent rise of Donald Trump has got Democrats down. Altogether, less than 10 percent of Democrats now approve of the job he's doing.
Across the ideological spectrum though, the political upheaval hasn't rocked Republicans. They're about as likely to express patriotic sentiments under Trump as they were under Obama. A year ago, 89 percent of Republicans proudly identified as American, compared to 92 percent today.
The relative patriotism of both camps suggest that Democrat pride hinges on politics while Republican pride transcends circumstance. Leftists are only happy when achieving their vision of the country in the moment. Conservatives are happy in enduring principles.
But whichever camp you fall in, what's worth celebrating in the messy process of self-government right now? Republicans are cannibalizing themselves from the inside, wasting a unified government to settle scores. Meanwhile Democrats are without a leader and out of power. It's a mess on the Left and the Right.
So long as Trump is commander-in-chief, that doesn't appear likely to change. Democratic dissatisfaction has caused the percentage of Americans satisfied with their country to drop to a new low. Under Obama, 81 percent said they were proud to be an American. Under Trump, it's 75 percent.
Philip Wegmann is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.