The Washington Times - July 8, 2010, 10:40AM

One guaranteed way to set off individuals on the left is to say liberals do not love their country. This is a sure bet that fireworks will be produced from the plain anger that will erupt from them. As a Democratic Senator for New York in 2003, now Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton denounced angrily those who accuse liberals of being unpatriotic saying:

“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.” 

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While we are several days past the July fourth celebrations, a new poll from Gallup was released which asked individuals about their patriotism and their politics. The results were hardly surprising:

GALLUP: The increase in the overall percentage of Americans calling themselves “extremely patriotic” is driven largely by seniors, Republicans, and conservatives — all of whom are significantly more likely to say so than they were in 2005. Republicans’ relatively higher identification with the “extremely patriotic” label is particularly intriguing when one considers that Democrats are currently far more likely than Republicans to say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the country (41% vs. 7%, respectively). Still, the majority of Americans in each of these subgroups say they are “extremely” or “very” patriotic.

A recent Washington Times editorial points out:

The recent resurgence of patriotic sentiment is better viewed as a measure of concern over the direction the country is taking. As with the Minutemen in 1775, today’s patriots are responding to a call to action. Among some quarters on the left, the expression “patriot” is synonymous with the Tea Party movement, which they consider reactionary and racist. This may explain in part why liberals are less willing to describe themselves as patriotic.

Such a poll is likely to ignite ire from the left, regardless, but when liberals in San Francisco celebrate burn the American flag day (h/t Fox Nation), like they did this on this past July fourth, it is difficult to take such anger about questioning the left’s patriotism, as a whole, seriously.