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A throwaway line in this post by Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing interested me. I’ve emphasized it below:

Self-portrait in a French press coffee pot (freedom press,” for patriots) by blogger and artist Kamala.

The non-hilarity of the joke aside, this brings up a question.

You see, I always got the impression that the liberal stance was “I love my country, including the part that says I have the right to question our government.” This line makes me think that the stance is now–or at least Jardin’s stance is–“I am not loyal to my country whatsoever.”

I’m not going to suggest that “If you don’t like it, get out”, but I do wonder whether someone who is so detached from his country should have any influence over that country’s policies.

Of course, Jardin is a commentator, not a politician…but her words do reach many people.