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Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2008 8:18 pm | Updated: 11:44 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Where did U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., come up with his definition of patriotism?

Republicans have made a mockery of the word under the Bush administration, and now the Democratic nominee for vice president seems to want his own definition of the word.

Biden, speaking Thursday in Canton, told a crowd: “It’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”

If you have the means, in other words, Biden believes it’s your patriotic duty to pay more. This strikes us as funny, given the state Biden represents and the commonwealth in which he was born. Both Delaware and Pennsylvania know something about opposing taxes in the name of patriotism (both were among Britain’s 13 American colonies).

Biden and all political candidates should quit trying to redefine patriotism. They instead should try living up to the virtues of limited government that the patriots who founded this country extolled.

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