I would like to apologize to those whose patriotism I've questioned. I merely failed to properly define patriotism. I had thought that patriotism consisted of things like support for our troops during time of war, saluting the flag, and supporting the democratic process and the foreign policies of duly elected legislators and executives.
However, the semantic scales have fallen from my eyes and I now understand patriotism much better. Henceforth, every time I note the treasonous words and actions of people, I'll say:
"Spitting on our troops is just how Code Pink expresses their patriotism."
"Taking up arms against the US military is just how John Lynd expresses his patriotism."
"Working to secure the defeat the US on the battlefield is just how Harry Reid expresses his patriotism."
"Dishonoring the memory of her son is just how Cindy Sheehan expresses her patriotism."
"Slandering his brothers in arms in fraudulent testimony before Congress is just how John Kerry expressed his patriotism."
"Lying about his military record and atrocities of our troops overseas is just how Jesse MacBeth expresses his patriotism."
"Defrauding the New Republic with admitted lies is just how Scott Thomas Beauchamp expresses his patriotism."
Here's a corollary: "The New Republic, by publishing the lies and saying nothing when they're proven false is just how they support our troops."
Yup, from now on, I shall no longer question anyone's patriotism.