Mitt Romney Uses The Political Dog Whistle To Play To Angry White Males
Throughout this long and rancorous presidential campaign there has been one consistent theme from Mitt Romney and his fellow Republicans. They want to portray President Obama as something other than a fellow American.
The birthers (of which Romney uses to his advantage by making his own lame birther jokes) try to claim Obama is not a citizen of this country. Other conservatives try to paint the President, a talented and smart man, as somehow less than what he is by demanding to know more about how he got into college, and what his grades were.
They look silly asking those questions. After all, by the end of Obama’s second year at Harvard, his academic record and reputation had qualified him to run for one of the most prestigious roles at the law school — president of the Harvard Law Review.
One might think given the more advanced intellectual abilities of Mitt Romney that he would not resort to the political dog whistle in an attempt to garner the votes of angry white males.
For it is angry white males which are driving the Romney campaign. All over the nation the anger and discontent can be measured by dump truck loads when it comes to this demographic.
Which is why over and over there can be found in Mitt Romney’s campaign appearances certain words or phrases that are placed there to appeal to stupid voters–angry white males. Words and phrases meant to appeal to the bigoted, and low brow in the nation.
This weekend a story was printed in newspapers around the country that contained the following line.
Romney, at his fundraiser near San Diego, said Obama was “taking Americans on a course that is extremely foreign to us.”
Yes, President Obama is black, has a rich ethnic background, and is very intelligent. In combination this most likely makes many angry white males feel mentally impotent by comparison.
But there is nothing ‘foreign’ or sinister about the President. One may disagree with his policy ideas, but that does make him un-American.
Can anyone image the political opposition to President Eisenhower referring to him in the same fashion that conservatives now label President Obama?
There is no doubt that the words and phrases have been tested and retested for use among certain groups for political purposes. Since Romney has agreed to play to the lowest common denominator should make everyone wonder what limits this man has when it comes to gaining political power.
It is time for Mitt Romney to think, as he moves into the final weeks of a failed presidential campaign, what he can do to make his grandchildren proud of his efforts.
In other words Romney should run a campaign that his future generations can be proud of. Using the dog whistle of racism and bigotry is not the way to proceed. It should stop at once!