Aaaaarrrgghh. That's not an aaaaarrrgghh directed at you, it's just a general aaaaarrrgghh. As someone who is fairly liberal, I'm familiar with the way that conservatives like to paint liberals as people who hate America
, and it angers me. Now, as I'm seeing the image that the word "patriot", even as a name rather than just a word, has for many people, I'm seeing the extent to which they have succeeded in painting liberals that way. I hate the misconception that to be liberal and to be patriotic is mutually exclusive.
I'm not saying that you, or anyone else who has this perception of the name, necessarily believes this last. It's just that if the connotation is there, it means that conservatives have succeeded, to some degree at least, in remodeling the political landscape to suit themselves.