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Mitt Romney and the Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism

April 12, 2011

Frankenstein—err Mitt Romney—you know, that guy on Belmont Hill with the pink mansion and all those cats? Well yesterday he announced his “exploratory committee” to become president.

Not surprisingly, his first pitch is laden with rhetoric lauding America’s exceptionalism (or fall from exceptionalism under BHO). You’d think you were listening to a reading of one of Alex de Tocqueville’s letters sent to his countrymen in France.

“How is this happening in the nation that leads the world in innovation and productivity?”

“With able leadership America’s best days are still ahead.”

“It’s time to put American on a course of greatness.”

“I believe in America. I believe in the freedom and opportunity and the principles of our Constitution that have led us to become the greatest nation in the history of the earth.”

“This effort isn’t about a person. It’s about the cause of America’s freedom and greatness.”

How can America claim greatness when its very morality and integrity had been shattered under the Bush 43 presidency? At least when it was U.S. versus U.S.S.R., we always, always, had the moral high ground—as Matthew Parris of the London Sunday Times points out—and could use this to our advantage.

And what’s with the French flag logo?

Hopefully this joker doesn’t make it pass the primary—let’s get a real conservative in there, not some guy that put something in place in Massachusetts that Obama copied but the average layperson doesn’t understand aside from talking points (socialized health care? mandates? spending! what does it all mean?).

To all you 23-year-olds who are freeloading on your parents’ health care plan—FUCK YOU. You’re taking MY social security money.

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