Tonight is the 235th anniversary of Paul Revere's ride.
Revere was a patriot.
Nowadays, teabaggers like to call themselves "patriots." Just a couple of weeks ago, I got a robocall that asked, "Do you consider yourself a tea party patriot?" I don't remember whose voice was on the call, but maybe it was Tom Tancredo's.
I'll confess to a certain bias against anyone who calls himself a patriot; that's like inventing a cool nickname for yourself and expecting everyone else to use it. Nicknames don't work that way--they're given to you by others. Being called a "patriot" is an honor that's also bestowed on you by others, often after your death.
Maybe it's just me, but I perceive a real difference between what Paul Revere did and wearing a funny hat and holding up a misspelled sign while sitting on your fat ass in a lawn chair in some park somewhere.
But maybe that's just me.