Just for kicks, let’s set aside our reason for a moment and grant the Republicans their fashion talking point: that the central determinant of one’s patriotism is the jewelry one wears.
Here’s a photo of Barack Obama making public remarks today:
Is Barack Obama wearing an American flag lapel pin? Yes! Barack Obama is a patriot.
Here’s a photo of John McCain making public remarks today:
Is John McCain wearing an American flag lapel pin? NO! McCain is missing the jewelry needed to be a patriot. Therefore, John McCain is no patriot. He is a traitor to the patriotic cause of loving one’s nation through jewelry.
Why does John McCain hate America?
I expect every citizen who has defined a candidate’s patriotism according to the presence of a lapel pin to answer that question. Yes, I do.