Romney’s ‘dog whistle’ racist campaign

If former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney fools around and gets elected President then the people who vote for him will get just what they deserve, and they will illustrate how gullible and easily misled White people are.

Ever since President Barack Obama took office, a lot of conservative analysts and politicians have been reiterating a collective “oops.” Some have gone so far as to say–and to work hard at making sure it comes to pass–”I hope he fails,” even if it means the country goes down the tubes in the process.

The bitter truth is that many people in responsible positions of leadership would rather see the entire country suffer, than to see it prosper under the leadership of this Black President. Mitt Romney and his Timothy McVeigh Party (also known as Republicans) cohorts have been banking on this notion, hoping for unemployment to remain high, and for the economy (which they bled dry in the first place) to remain stagnant, in order to improve their chances to get back into power so they can plunder some more.

Gov. Romney is playing to this mentality with what’s been described as a “dog whistle” campaign of coded, racist, white-supremacist messages.

Let me make this plain, I am not saying that members of the Timothy McVeigh Party are dogs, or any other type of canines. The metaphor here refers to “dog whistles” which, when blown can be heard plainly by dogs, but which are beyond the audible frequency for human ears. The messages are heard by certain beings, but missed entirely by others, who don’t hear a thing.

Case in point, Gov. Romney courted the support of that guy named Ted Nugent, who proclaimed, that if Pres. Obama is re-elected, by this time next year he (Nugent) will be either dead or in jail. He then went on to make some other potty-mouth threats, which even the embattled Secret Service viewed with enough alarm as to pay him a visit. Romney issued only the faintest, reaction not condemning Nugent, but calling for kinder rhetoric by all parties in the political discourse. Dog whistle.

Romney grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints–the Mormon Church–under a racist, white-supremacist theology which taught that Black people are cursed by God. It wasn’t until the late 1970s when the church changed its restriction on permitting Black men into its priesthood. By that time Romney was well into his 30s, a grown man.

Did he believe that racist dogma which he was taught all his life? When he was asked April 2 at a town hall meeting in Howard, Wisconsin, by a supporter of GOP candidate Ron Paul, Romney refused to “have a discussion about religion.”

But a few minutes later, when asked about charges that he’s “out of touch,” Romney went on and on about “the practices of my faith,” and about how he served as a pastor of a Mormon congregation for 10 years, and how that enabled him to “get a chance to know people on a very personal basis.” Dog whistle.

Psychiatrist Frances Cress Welsing is blunt in her analysis of such coded hate-speech. “It is just like when Adolph Hitler was in power ’33-’45 and he would so-call rant-and rave, and build up an emotional response, but the German people, consciously-subconsciously, understood what he was talking about, that kind of hysterical yelling and speaking. We see it in the speech of a Rush Limbaugh, for example, that people who are not in the ‘save us group’ think it’s crazy, but other people understand it because it’s sort of like a cry–‘help, help, help,’ alert, ‘achtung, achtung,” Dr. Welsing told me. That’s the dog whistle. Some beings hear it. Others do not.

“People in Nazi Germany, the Semites of the Jewish religion wanted to be assimilated, wanted to be accepted as German, and to be accepted as White. So they were on a mission of, ‘he can’t mean what he says. We’re German also.’ It would be the same thing as Black people here, ‘we’re Americans,’ and ‘this is nonsense,’ and ‘people don’t really support this.'” Nugent and others say it. Romney supports it. Dog whistle.

We’ve got to open our eyes and ears to these bitter truths, even when people don’t want to look at them, can’t hear them. It’s the dog whistle. When will Gov. Romney ‘fess up to the truth about his religion and its coded hate messages? When will the rest of us?

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