Someday, when I am The Mother of The Country (or the world, but I don’t want to sound greedy), this will be one of my rules regarding political campaigns: No candidate, or his/her supporters, get to use the word “patriot” to describe people who vote for that candidate, thereby implying, of course, that those who vote for that candidate’s opponent are NOT patriots. (And I suspect that the slur to the opponent is actually their more important goal).
Now how can I phrase this next thought without being unkind? Those who do use this tactic, hogging all the patriotism to themselves, actually come off sounding . . . (searching for a not-unkind phrase) . . . less intelligent than they probably want to appear to the voting public, which is counter productive to their cause. I'm just saying. For now, anyway. But wait until I'm The Mother.