In a gathering of Republican donors Feb. 18, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, "I do not believe that the president loves America.”
Is he testing a campaign theme for the coming election: Democrats aren't patriotic?
The far right has resorted to jingoism before. In 1933, Adolf Hitler shamed his opposition by branding liberals as disloyal to the Fatherland. In response, Sinclair Lewis wrote, "When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and wearing a cross."
The truth is, Muslim Americans, Buddhist Americans, pagan Americans, gay Americans and progressive Americans love our land and our Constitution as much as Republicans or Christians do, though they express it in a way that is more inclusive, egalitarian and passionate about saving the planet.
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So right-wingers, please get over it. The left loves America just as much as you do.