"Also, have you noticed how places that pride themselves on being superpatriotic seem to have the most people who want to abandon the country entirely and set up shop on their own? . . .And how, by the way, can you stand at a rally waving the American flag while yelling 'Secede?'" -- columnist Gail Collins in today's New York Times.
Because patriotism to these fringe extremists is all about adherence to the conservative Rethug cult, not about America and its popular President.