David Harsanyi on Obama's So-Called 'Economic Patriotism'


President Obama is once again appealing to "economic patriotism." There are many reasons to despise this rhetorical construct. Patriotism, after all, is the attachment to one's homeland. If a person not only resists things that are "patriotic" but opposes them, then logic dictates that the person is being unpatriotic.

If you oppose "economic patriotism", the president is really asking one question: Why do you hate America? But Obama's idea of economic patriotism is elastic, writes David Harsanyi. The contours of its philosophy are identical to the president's own left-wing economic policy proposals.