Sent this to the LAT, signing myself “Joseph McCarthy” just for good measure.
Politically, those growing numbers are being fueled largely by senior citizens, Republicans and conservatives, all groups that vote in larger than usual numbers in most elections and are being courted as Republicans try to capture Congress. According to Gallup, 91% of Republicans overwhelmingly say they are strongly patriotic, conservatives, 87% and the elderly, 86%.
Even 74% of those who describe themselves as independents, a key voter group, say they are extremely or very patriotic.”
Do you realize that this construction contrasts Republicans against independents, in effect portraying the latter as a group we should be surprised to hear reporting feelings of patriotism? This would be no different from, ie. “Even 74% of those who describe themselves as Yankee fans say they are extremely or very fond of the Red Sox,” with the obvious exception that it is both reasonable and inoffensive to characterize Yankee fans as disliking the Red Sox. No particular party or ideological affiliation has a monopoly on patriotism. As a longtime DTS indy-turned-recent-Democrat I resent your implication. A correction/retraction and apology are in order.