Part of me wants to scream at everyone that they know nothing about politics.
Not because, mind you, that I know anything about politics. I know very little. The important thing is that I know I know very little, and am constantly asking questions and wondering how things work. I’m willing to concede to experts unless their values are the diametric opposite of mine. In that case, I’m willing to listen and scrutinize the parts I disagree with until I can reconcile my values with their logic.
The starting point for pride as a citizen, as one who is politically active, is modesty/humility. While Aristotle does say that modesty isn’t a virtue, but rather exists for those who are young to learn, he also says that age alone does not determine whether one is young or not. Maturity is the only real criterion.
Suggestions for how we can get a more modest citizenry that can achieve a genuine pride are welcome. It is a practical matter, a matter for statesmen, and your answers do distinguish you even if you have no power. Quite frankly, power nowadays is a function of having the job dictated to you. What would occur in a serious comment thread would be the discovery of what the proper task in the first place is.