It is now apparent that Republicans will use the Blut und Boden ( Blood and Soil) strategy to beat Barack Obama in the general election this fall. You see, Barack Obama is not really a true American. Right-wing columnist Kathleen Parker explains:
Full-bloodedness is an old coin that's gaining currency in the new American realm. Meaning: Politics may no longer be so much about race and gender as about heritage, core values, and made-in-America. Just as we once and still have a cultural divide in this country, we now have a patriot divide.
Who "gets" America? And who doesn't?
The answer has nothing to do with a flag lapel pin, which Obama donned for a campaign swing through West Virginia, or even military service, though that helps. It's also not about flagpoles in front yards or magnetic ribbons stuck on tailgates.
It's about blood equity, heritage and commitment to hard-won American values. And roots.
Needless to say, Senator McCain is held up as a "full-blooded American", while Obama has some African blood, and so American values are alien to him. Parker even gives a nod to Hillary Clinton, the white candidate, who "gets it":
And, the truth is, Clinton's own DNA is cobbled with many of the same values that rural and small-town Americans cling to. She understands viscerally what Obama has to study.
So it is the DNA molecules that determine the character of true Americans. Another right-wing commentator, Michael Medved, explains why Americans - that is, "full-blooded Americans" - are the new Herrenmenschen:
In today’s ruthlessly competitive international economy, the United States may benefit from a potent but unheralded advantage: the aggressive edge sustained by the inherited power of American DNA.
According to this "scientific" view of American national character, the descendents of the original immigrants possess a "distinctive makeup of their “dopamine receptor system – the pathway in the brain that figures centrally in boldness and novelty seeking.” Soon these advocates of nativism will be measuring skulls.
Of course, Parker and Medved conveniently overlook the fact that the real "full-blooded Americans" were nearly wiped out through genocide.