“You Need An American”

During his acceptance speech this evening before the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney blew another dog whistle by saying “when the world needs someone to do really big stuff, you need an American.” I’m presuming the import of that statement doesn’t need explaining. (And no, I can’t figure why the embed code won’t adapt to the 460 pixel width I’ve assigned it.)

  • DuluozGray

    Now saying the word “American” is coded racial language???

    Come the fuck on, man. Jesus…

  • moviesquad

    Seems a bit far fetched.

  • Travis Actiontree

    Mitt is code language for “I hate the blacks”

  • Jeffrey Wells

    You’re kidding. You don’t understand what he meant by that? Good God. Forget it. Move on to another subject.

  • Ghost of Kazan

    You know what else was racist? That whole blue/red/white color palette they had going on.

  • Travis Actiontree

    Three cheers for MSNBC.

    If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be up on my racist code language.

    i.e. until Chris Matthews, I had no idea saying the word “Chicago” was akin to saying “nigger”.

  • Terry McCarty

    Assuming Mitt and his sons watched Michael Bay’s ARMAGEDDON before last night’s convention finale.

  • nakedman

    Uh…it’s fairly obvious what he was implying. Not surprised that the non-thinking conservatives around here avoid the truth.

  • reverent and free

    Meh, just another snore of a stump speech from Romney. This was his last chance to change the perception of himself before the debates and he blew it.

  • Ray DeRousse

    I’m totally against Romney, but c’mon … the context of the very line shows he wasn’t referring to anything more than patriotism.

  • Ray DeRousse

    In fact, patriotism and optimism are two things the Republican Party gets right at election time. They’re still hammering away on that fifties, boomer-era patriotism that Reagan worked so well.

    From his speech, it’s clear that Romney has been watching tapes of classic Reagan political speeches. He’s got that “I sincerely care about you and your family personally despite having Alzheimer’s” look down cold.

  • Still Ray

    So, THIS is what desperation looks like huh?

  • Alboone

    . Seriously to those who are members of the GOP you guys need to look in the mirror. The America you long for is gone. Get over it. And if you can’t just pop in those Mad Men DVDs if you get misty eyed.

  • SaveFarris

    You know what they say about dog whistles: if you can hear it … then Obama is about to eat you.

  • phantasmata

    So true. This is why CERN was built in Oklahoma City. Right, Travis “MY NIGGER” Actiontree? Oh, wait. No, it wasn’t. Huh. Weird. But yeah bro, what about the Mars landing? Right?!

    Aw, yeah, but the general response to that has been, “Whaaa, my tax dollars went to discover rocks on Mars!?!?!?!” And those are just the people who are aware of it (because most Americans, lets be blunt, couldn’t give two fucks).

    Some of the most incredible minds in history–people who literally changed the world–were not American. Tesla (Serbian-Croat), Einstein (German), and Hawking (British) to name a few. Can you name me one American who comes even close? Hell, even motion pictures–that so very American art form–was pioneered by a, WAIT FOR IT, Frenchman named Louis Le Prince. (Le Prince was yet another victim of that great American, Thomas Edison, who took credit for Le Prince’s innovations.)

    America has a storied history of stealing shit from everyone else, wiping those people from the history books, then taking credit for their work. Or, you know, they just treat entire groups of people like utter garbage and in that strife and oppression great things emerge (blues and jazz).

    So, no. Actually, the world DOESN’T need an American to “do really big stuff.” Most likely, someone else will do something great, then GI Joe will come along to take credit. I mean, history does tend to repeat itself . . .

  • austin111

    Can’t stand Romney and won’t vote for him. Those who say that Americans “steal” ideas are absolutely correct. Still, if Romney is talking about anything other than the birther nonsense, which is possible I guess, it’s that when Americans steal these ideas, they tend to run with them and use them to mass produce something that benefits not just their pocketbooks but the world in general. Like the lightbulb and motion pictures and the widespread use of electricity and automobiles, etc. What we do is called capitalism with a capital “C”. However, that was yesterday. We are not on our best ball game anymore because the rest of the world including China and India will surely take us down when it comes to alternative energy sourcing and more ecologically sound policy if Romney and company take over. If they truly believe fossil fuels are the future, then it will be a limited one and a murderous one as well.

  • Mr. F.

    This example has nothing to do with “racist” code language… but it *is* in keeping with Romney and his campaign’s comments that Obama “doesn’t understand America” and “doesn’t know what it means to be an American.” The implication? Obama is not one of us. Sure, he’s not saying Birtherism is legitimate (though he won’t say anything bad about Donald Trump). But he can play to that crowd — the ones who refer to him as “Barack Hussein Obama.” By hinting that Obama is un-American, they can de-legitimize him in the minds of voters. He shouldn’t be an option for voters, because he doesn’t meet the requirements.

    And as far as actual racism goes — you can’t pretend it doesn’t play a role in Obama’s approval, or lack thereof. It’s like the Republican veteran’s wife who said recently to NPR: “I just don’t like him. Can’t stand to look at him. I don’t like his wife. She’s far from a First Lady. It’s about time we get a First Lady in there who acts like a First Lady and looks like a First Lady.” Hmm… I wonder what THAT could possibly mean…

    There’s this story, which I imagine the partisans will ignore and say “That guy works at Harvard, though!”
    http://campaignstops.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/09/how-racist-are-we-ask-google/

    Why do you think the Republicans are playing up their lie that Obama is getting rid of the welfare work requirement… and saying he’s just sending people checks for doing nothing? (Hint: it’s not because they disagree with him as a matter of fiscal policy, especially because it is not in fact true.)

  • Gabe@ThePlaylist

    Why don’t some of you guys finish this sentence?

    “When the world needs someone to do really big stuff, you need an American… [as opposed to] _______”

    Or am I not playing fair?

  • Travis Actiontree

    Why do you think everything that was said was in reference to Obama?

    Isn’t that a bit narcissistic?

    “I love this country”

    “What’s THAT supposed to mean?! Are you saying that Obama DOESN’T love this country!? Racist!”

  • Gabe@ThePlaylist

    He is campaigning to replace President Obama. So, uh, yeah.

    Also, that would be “narcissistic” if I WAS President Obama. Which I am not.

    Yet.