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Mr. Patriotic, Barack Obama

Posted by Ryan on June 30, 2008

Democrats are always uptight about that whole “patriotism” thing, knee-jerking into a frenzy every time the word is uttered.  Even when they see unabashed patriots like John McCain, some Dems (like former Presidential candidate and undistinguished General Wesley Clark) aren’t sure how to react, so they pick on them in ways that don’t make sense.  It’s not like Clark said McCain’s unpatriotic, but any patriotism street cred he may have accumulated at the Hanoi Hilton won’t necessarily make him a better commander-in-chief than, say, Barack Obama, who’s mentor was a terrorist.  

After Obama threw Clark under the bus for his remarks today, Obama had to give a speech on patriotism today.  One of the most peculiar quotes was this:

“Of course, precisely because America isn’t perfect, precisely because our ideals constantly demand more from us, patriotism can never be defined as loyalty to any particular leader or government or policy.”

Not even leaders like Lincoln?  Not even a government that got rid of slavery, promotes civil rights at home and around the world from before the Cold War through today?  Not even a policy that once sought to end fascism, communism, and now terrorism?   I know support may not equal patriotism, but does it exclude one from being a patriot?  It sounds strange and awkward, especially when he delivered those lines.  He’s such an insecure post-9/11 Democrat.

If patriotism is so ethereal, then why give a speech about it to calm critics?  Why do we have to be told what patriotism is to believe that Obama is patriotic?  I have no doubt he loves this country, but I am piqued by his overt insecurity on this issue.

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