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The Patriot Pitch

Pitch Type:  Emotional 

The Patriot Pitch uses patriotism to bolster an argument.

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Pirapan Salirathavibhaga    Minister of Justice, Thailand
Thailand's monarchy is the best institution in the world and we must not let anyone criticize it.

Ann Coulter    Political Commentator
In order to express their displeasure with the idea that Muslims are violent, thousands of Muslims around the world engaged in rioting, arson, mob savagery, flag-burning, murder and mayhem, among other peaceful acts of nonviolence.

Glenn Beck    TV Host, Political Commenator, Conservative
[I support a constitutional amendment banning flag burning] because if you've fought for anything then what you fought for was freedom... The flag represents all of us. ... The most offensive thing you can do is burn one in disrespect.

Orrin Hatch    Senator, Utah, Republican
While banning flag desecration is important to the majority of Americans, this amendment is about more than the flag. It’s a message to activist judges that enough is enough. This amendment is a way for Congress to stand up and say to the Supreme Court we won’t sit idly by when you to usurp the power of the people. This is a setback, but it’s not a final defeat. For protecting the Stars and Stripes, I will not give up and I will not surrender.

Colin Powell    Former U.S. Secretary of State
I love our flag, our Constitution and our country with a love that has no bounds. I defended all three for 35 years as a soldier and was willing to give my life in their defense. [But] the 1st Amendment exists to insure that freedom of speech and expression applies not just to that with which we agree or disagree, but also that which we find outrageous. I would not amend that great shield of democracy to hammer a few miscreants. The flag will be flying proudly long after they have slunk away.

Sarah Palin    Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
I would never presume to know God's will or to speak God's words. But what Abraham Lincoln had said, and that's a repeat in my comments, was let us not pray that God is on our side in a war or any other time, but let us pray that we are on God's side. ... I send my first born, my son, my teenage son overseas with his Stryker brigade, 4,000 other wonderful American men and women, to fight for our country, for democracy, for our freedoms.

Colin Powell    Former U.S. Secretary of State
He is not a Muslim, he's [always been] a Christian. ... But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America.

Sarah Palin    Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil. Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion. ... [It's] Orwellian thinking...

Bill O'Reilly    Conservative TV Host
The guy who runs the website is a sleazeball named Julian Assange, who is bent on damaging America.

American Civil Liberties Union    (ACLU) Lobbyist
We believe that torture is illegal and un-American. Our founders rejected dungeons and chose due process – and so do we. We believe that no president should be given the unchecked power to call someone an enemy and lock them away indefinitely. We are calling on the government to stop indefinite detention, try detainees in the U.S., or release them to countries where they won't be tortured.

Bill Clinton    Former President of the United States
Most the people I've known in this business, Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, were good people, honest people, and they did what they thought was right. And I hope that I'll live long enough to see American politics return to vigorous debates where we argue who's right and wrong, not who's good and bad. My experience is, most ... are good people who love their country desperately. And I am profoundly grateful that for a brief period I had a chance to be one of them.