Isn’t that we are always hearing? Ok, not always, but often enough to be recognizable. According to the the Dubuque Telegraph Herald the razor thin victor, Gov. Mitt Romney: says 'We're going to take back America.’
From whom or what?
The current president is whom, and by extension all those who voted for him. Romney’s words, but not only his, essentially say I stole America, and all my fellow unamerican americans. When Romney says he and his should ‘take back America’ he means my politics are illegitimate. I and mine are bad, he and his are good.
I have heard that sentiment from lots of the candidates. It seems a very common notion out there in Republican land. But if you Google ‘take back America,’ you get as many left wing as right wing sites. So this is not a one sided phrase.
Lots of people think other people have stolen the country. What is bothering me is that the logical consequence of saying this is to declare that folks who disagree with you are not your fellow citizens at all. This phrase is semantically equivalent to saying, “I am a true American, and you are not.”
Why doesn’t anyone question this language and its implications? Yes, I know about rousing the base and all that, but at what cost? Must we demonize the other party to win elections?
And we wonder why we are so polarized.