Sarah Palin's Crass Patriotism

In case you didn't know, she loves America.

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The Sarah Palin book tour is revving up, and along with it the media-Palin co-dependent relationship. Where would she be without the press to kick around? With a lot less to say. (And don't think that as a blogger I'm not delighted to have her back in the spotlight.) Just this morning, Palin posted on Facebook about—wait for it—the press. Her post also touches on another one of her favorite topics: How much she loves the United States of America. To wit:

The book tour starts this week, and I look forward to it! I'm most looking forward to meeting many of you, shaking your hands, and telling you,"Thanks for loving America." I'll give you a scoop here and tell you what's on the book's Dedication Page – it's dedicated to you – Patriots – who love the U.S.A. as much as I do.

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And I can't wait to see you! God bless the fight for freedom! Keep up the great work, Patriots who love this country. Someone should explain to the former governor that the quality of writing is inversely proportional to the number of exclamation points used. In any case, the folks over at GOP12 have a great take on Palin's use—or misuse—of patriotism. Writing specifically of the passage I just quoted, they say:

Among some political circles, that counts for policy. And among some political constituencies, that counts for patriotism. But in one particular publishing house, that means books sales, and for many Americans who love the country but forget to use "patriot" in every sentence (except while watching Tom Brady), it can seem a crass ploy to build a brand.

Amen.