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Patriotism = Republicanism?

I’ve noticed a minor trend among AM talk radio stations around the country to brand themselves as “The Patriot”. The hosts on these stations are typically conservative: Mike Gallagher, Michael Savage, Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Prager, Michael Reagan, Janet Parshall, Bill Bennett, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, Sean Hannity, and, of course, El Rushbo.

The impression I get looking at this list is that you’re only a patriot if you defend the Bush administration, no matter what. Well, you can disagree with the president on immigration, but otherwise, he’s the man!

Please. Since when is it unpatriotic to suggest that maybe we should cut entitlements and reduce the size of government? That we should patrol the borders with troops that are now in Iraq based on intelligence that was dummied up inside the White House?

At least there is this: It’s evidence that there are still people in America who don’t automatically associate the word “patriot” with “neo-Nazi” and “militia”.

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