But think about it: Democrats already speak in front of American flags, wear lapel pins and say "God bless America" at the end of every speech just like their Republic counterparts. Why not go all the way and call President Obama a "Great American" or even a "Great American Patriot"? Why cede that language to the Repos?
Or what about that annoying term I keep hearing Repub candidates use, "politically correct"? What the heck is that supposed to mean? I'd like to hear Democrat candidates on the stump say things like, "You know, it's not 'politically correct,' but to save Social Security we're going to have to raise the payroll tax cap." [Thunderous applause.] Or, "It may not be 'politically correct' to say this, but the federal government really needs to spend more on infrastructure." [Bravo!]
Or how about that old chestnut, "American Exceptionalism"? Why can't Democrats steal that one too while we're at it? You know, as in "Don't tell me we're the only developed country that can't provide universal health care to our citizens -- I believe in 'American Exceptionalism'!" [The crowd goes nuts.] Or, "Why is gun violence only a problem in America? Aren't we smart enough to figure this out? After all, I believe in 'American Exceptionalism'!" [That's what I'm tawkin' about!]
I think you get the idea. Those are just a few examples that immediately come to mind. I'll make it my New Year's resolution to point out others as I hear them in 2016.
Happy New Year everyone!
* "Democrat Party" has been used in negative or hostile fashion by conservative commentators and members of the Republican Party in party platforms, partisan speeches and press releases since at least 1940.