I would say that yes I'm a patriot, however others may differ in their opinion. It is important that everyone adhere to the same definition. For example, during the US Civil War the Union soldiers felt they were being patriotic and the Confederate soldiers felt as though they were being patriotic.
During the US Revolution those that were loyal to the British Crown felt they were patriotic while those that fought against British rule believed in their rights to liberty from the King of England.
Hence, it depends on whose ox is being gored and your particular political ideology. Therefore, in order to determine someone's Patriotism, it must be defined. My definition of American Patriotism is "defending the Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic". And if that means being considered a traitor by some Americans then so be it.
But it is important to maintain core values and be committed to those ideals. Because there will come a time when communists like Obama and socialists like many liberals is Congress (McCain) test your will and commitment to those values in an attempt to compromise those values under the grand illusion of compromise.
That is why fundamental ideals cannot be compromised, which makes the argument about the benefits of compromising so absurd.