Remember right after September 11th, when the world community declared, "We are all Americans"? Last night in North Carolina, Sarah Palin reminded us that Republicans don’t even think that most Americans are Americans:
We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation.
And today on Hardball, Republican Congressloon Michelle
McCarthy Bachmann (God bless her, the NRCC could only afford to give her one talking point) conflated liberalism with anti-Americanism, repeated over and over again that Barack Obama is an ANTI-AMERICAN who associates with ANTI-AMERICANS, and finally concluded by calling on the news media to investigate which members of Congress are anti-American.
I was going to point to these as examples of how far we’ve fallen in the seven years since tragedy begat tragedy, but the sad truth is that Republicans have been attacking our patriotism (or more correctly, resumed attacking it) practically ever since the hole in New York stopped smoking. By defining themselves as the "real America," they define everyone who opposes them as anti-American. Joe Biden has had enough:
[W]e know how damaging the politics of division that continues to be practiced by the McCain campaign, how damaging this policy of division has been. It’s time to put this behind us…. We are one nation, under God, indivisible. We are all patriotic. We all love our country in every part of this country. And I’m tired. I am tired, tired, tired, tired of the implications about patriotism.
Joe Biden speaks for me, and Sarah Palin doesn’t. We are all Americans. Even the ones who say we aren’t.
(h/t cbl2 for the Palin quote)