The true American patriot is by definition skeptical of the government. Skepticism of the government was actually one of the platforms the current figurehead of the government ran on. How many times in the campaign did President Bush proclaim of his opponent, the then vice president, "He trusts the federal government and I trust the people"? This deep suspicion of Washington is one the most American emotions an American can have.
I am by no means a hellraising, anti-government, revolutionary, or conspiracy theorist, but I certainly have some things to say when I'm not in total agreement with the government. This passage made me feel justified in not only my own suspicion, but of my empathy for those who get raked across the coals because they want to make the U.S. a better place, not because of hatred for the land that bore us.