I go into this lengthy explanation not so much to justify my intolerance, but to explain why I have problems suffering the pseudo-patriotism of people in places like Arizona where stupidity has suffocated rational thought.
Some people call the Tea Partiers cynics, but that is too kind and gives cynicism a bad name. A cynic thinks. The sophists were cynics; cynicism is the basis of the examination of conscience or any other search for reason or truth.
What irks me most is the misappropriation of the word patriotism.
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