Carol Platt Liebau
Remember when Barack refused to wear a lapel pin, calling it a substitute for "true patriotism"?

Well, now perhaps we know how he defines "true patriotism."  His running mate, Joe Biden, believes that paying higher taxes is patriotic.

Certainly, not all Democrats would agree with them.  But it is noteworthy that, taken together, the Dems standard-bearers this year see pride in America as less important than the willingness to hand more of your hard-earned money over to the politicians to spend as they see fit.

Don't be fooled.  It's not even that Barack sees taxes as good insofar as they advance the aims of the government.  It became evident when he supported a higher capital gains tax -- despite the fact that a higher rate would result in less revenue -- that he supports taxation for redistribution as much as for governance.

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.