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Conservatives say Obama is insufficiently patriotic

So here's the question: Are they really saying this because they believe the empty rituals of patriotism (flag lapel pins, hand over heart, etc.) are more important than actual patriotism, or is this just a cynical Swift-Boat ploy without real feeling behind it?

I would say that among the conservative rank-and-file as well as most of the leadership, it is quite definitely the former. The latter would only be true among a minority of conservative intellectuals. For conservatives, appearances are everything.

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