Who owns patriotism?

While the Pepsi Center in Denver echoes with phrases like “love of country” and “only in America,” and a liberal group claims 75 percent of respondents objecting to “cheap and empty” displays of patriotism, Washington Independent blogger Ari Melber points out that the Republican tactics questioning Barack Obama’s patriotism have largely succeeded. His conclusion:

Obama could drape himself in an American flag like Rocky and change his middle name to “America,” but as long as the media faithfully repeats and seriously covers Republican lies about his patriotic credentials, you can bet manipulative patriotism tricks will remain a big part of modern campaigns.

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