Few people are as interesting as Mike, Ron, you have to admit that, and I suspect that each of us can't help but get the other going a bit. You are, however, right, and I must say that I got too focused.
The notion, however, that being a Liberal is unpatriotic is one that should not go unchallenged.
Criticism of policy or the actions of the country or the government is useful, as the Right Wing acknowledges every time it takes a shot at Social Security or the New Deal or any of the other reasonably well accepted Liberal programs they've been trying to roll back or eliminate. Criticism of the size of government or the spending of government is something that they've tried to direct at the Left Wing exclusively, using such catch phrases as "Tax and Spend Liberals."
Despite warnings about the consequences of the fiscal practices of the past eight years and reminders that somebody would be required to pay off the drunken right wing spending binge, the Right Wing House and Senate minority leaders are expressing shock and dismay that the size of the budget and rescue package are as large as they are. Apparently the notion that money borrowed and money given away must be repaid has been beyond their ability to process for the past eight years. This may be because so much of it has been funneled into the pockets of Right Wing partisans. The noise of feeding at the trough is occasionally loud enough to deafen those who have bellied up or those who are doing the feeding, so it is perhaps understandable that the Right Wing has heard none of the warnings.
The Right Wing Senate and House Minority leaders will tell you that they are shocked and dismayed (SHOCKED and DISMAYED, they will tell you again) at the terrible jam the country has landed in in the last day or two of the Bush administration. It's those Tax and Spend Liberals who are trying to bankrupt our children by paying off the debts that somebody or other ( exactly who that might be is uncertain, but it's almost certainly a Democrat, say, Barney Frank, who was in the minority at the time; but never mind the details) ran up while all good Right Wing folks were doing something else.
Best to all,