Even if you choose to dismiss the Democrats' own bumper stickers about how evil America is (from Gitmo to domestic spying) because you swallow their excuse that they are only criticizing the Bush administration, not America, then you'll still have to explain how they can insist that America has the burden of proving it is not immoral.
These are fighting words if you love America. You only believe America needs to restore its moral authority if you buy into the Democrats' fraudulent template about America's alleged misconduct toward enemy combatants, that America was not morally justified in removing Saddam Hussein, especially without "permission" from all of our feckless "allies," that we are intermeddling in a civil war in Iraq against the will and interests of the Iraqi people, that the homicide bombers killing our soldiers and Iraqi security forces are pursuing a noble cause and that our own actions are provoking terrorism against us throughout the globe by jihadists who would otherwise leave us alone.
Democrats apparently believe we are not justified in taking military action to address evil in the world unless our national interest is not at stake, like in Darfur.
Frankly, I've had my fill of these people trashing America and everything good and decent for which it stands, asserting moral equivalence between us and the terrorist barbarians, denying there's a real war going on and contending we are not performing humanitarian deeds and engaged in a noble cause in Iraq -- in short, telling the world we're evil, then lamenting that we have acquired that reputation.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, President Bush has not impugned the patriotism of this blame-America-first crowd. But how can any reasonable observer overlook that these Democratic leaders are doing everything they can to impugn their own patriotism?
I admit that a veritable love-fest with America from Democratic presidential contenders would not sit well with their rabid base, but couldn't they at least humor the rest of us? After all, there will be a general election following the primary.