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Tom Sears

May 13, 2008

On the Right Side: Several so-called patriots fall short

I received a great compliment last week. An organization called Gathering of Eagles, made up of military veterans, wrote me a very nice thank-you note regarding my last column, and put it and links to quite a few of my other columns on its website.

Its website is This group is one of many that include the men and women whom I consider to be the real patriots of this country.

There are those who write mindless, angry, often-incoherent diatribes that show their distaste for anyone who is proud of his country.

These are the people who have been fed mind-numbing swill, mostly lies, and they truly want to believe it rather than think for themselves. When someone asks them to give one or two examples of their patriotism, they angrily lash out and simply show their fake indignation.

Webster, not I, defines a patriot as "a person who loves his country, and zealously supports and defends it and its interests."

We all know quite a few people who fall far short of this definition. Two big examples who fall short are our media and our left-leaning political representatives.

Considering the latter group, isn't it strange that most of them are Democrats, especially the Democrat leadership? Harry "we can't win the war" Reid, Jack Murtha, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi and Tom Harkin are just a few.

I'm sick of these Democrats who refuse to meet with groups that don't share their beliefs. A group called The Vets for Freedom finished its national bus tour in Washington, D.C., in early April, and most of the Democratic leadership refused to meet with it.

However, when anti-war groups request an appointment, they trip over each other to be first in line to greet them. Why do you think six to eight Code Pink members were allowed in the hearing room where General Petraeus was speaking? Do you think the Vets for Peace got the same equal treatment?

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