Well, if one of us unpatriotic liberals had been at a rally where such a chant arose, I'm thinking he would have said something about loving this country and not being able to imagine leaving it.
Perhaps. But I would hope that any true American could echo these words, as do I:
"When....it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another..."
I don't think that is any less valid today than it was then.
Nope. But Americans are all one people.
OK, that was a little flippant. If the US actually became some sort of dictatorship or something, yes, states should have a right to succeed. I'm not suggesting that Rick Perry, or anyone else, should HAVE to be a patriot. I'm suggesting that the US, for all it flaws, is worthy of patriotism. And that it's remarkable to me that the party that feels it's OK to talk about secession manages to be the one that gets credit for being more patriotic.
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While obviously it is impossible to prognosticate what will happen 11 months from now, I do think this CNN.com poll (cnn.com) has some interesting results for both the upcoming Dem primary season and the possible general election.