One President thought so.
Why taxes can be patriotic - CNN.com
Seems a little different than the "I don't want to pay tax and cut every program that doesn't personally benifit me" ideology of the Tea Party doesn't it? Lets look at this: When the idea that paying taxes was patriotic, America was just beginning its time of being the leader of the world. While the current Tea Party ideology is gaining popularity, you can make the argument that America's time in the world's drivers seat is coming to an end. Coincidence?