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"Real Families": The Dog Whistle nobody's talking about - Elf M. Sternberg
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"Real Families": The Dog Whistle nobody's talking about
In her speech at the Republican National Convention, Ann Romney said, "What Mitt and I have is a real marriage."

Last night on NBC, Brian Williams interview Jeb Bush, and Bush said that demographics were not on the Republican's side, that it was "stupid" of the GOP to turn off minority voters, and that "the GOP needs to focus on Latinos and Asian Americans because they care about family and ought to be receptive to Republican policies."

Notice what's missing from Jeb's list?

Along with the insinuation that he's not a "real American," the Republicans are pressing hard with the dog whistle that, because he's black, Barack Obama can't be a "real father," either. Starting with the absurd notion that Obama isn't as masculine as Romney because Romney has sired sons while Obama has only daughters, and moving on to the equally stupid Obama is gay meme from the usual right-wing freak shows, the whole idea is that there's something desperately wrong about Obama because he's on his first marriage with two lovely daughters in a monogamous relationship, he enjoys playing sports (rather than owning them), and he likes microbrews-- and he manages to be such an ordinary American while being that most un-American thing of all, you know, black.

And black people don't form real families. Everyone who's still with the GOP "knows" that.

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amindofiron From: amindofiron Date: August 30th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Racism during this RNC has been pretty shocking even to my jaded eyes. It seems like the dog whistles they've been using have been dropping down to the point that even alot of moderate republican's I know are getting skeeved out and finally having to admit that they can't in good conscience vote for this sort of platform anymore. The various rape related statements coming out in the last couple weeks isn't helping the GOP's cause their either. I suppose it's a good thing all in all though I do wish it didn't take blatant Rub-your-nose-in-it racism and misogyny to get them there. I do hope that sometime in my lifetime there will no longer be major national political evens that I have to cringe and feel like I have to apologize to my foreign friends on behalf of my nation for.
kengr From: kengr Date: August 30th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen the Texas Republican party platform? They are *against* teaching critical thinking. And a host of other things.

In essence, they are coming right out and saying they want dumb, uneducated voters who won't catch the contradictions in their speeches.
_candide_ From: _candide_ Date: September 10th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
…or, as I like to say, "Racism: You're soaking in it!"
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