Mitt Romney offered the following praise for the late American astronaut and hero Neil Armstrong during his nomination acceptance speech last night at the Republican National Convention:

The soles of Neil Armstrong's boots on the moon made permanent impressions on our souls. ... God bless Neil Armstrong! Tonight that American flag is still there on the moon and I don't doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong's spirit is still with us, that unique blend of optimism, humility — and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff you need an American.

Pretty stirring. Very patriotic. Absolutely bipartisan.

Not exactly. Not according to the permanently paranoid class of angry, offended, leftist, speech code hacks who have staged a complete coup at NBC News. After his speech concluded, one of the "pundits" on its advocacy network, msnbc, offered this summation of that one paragraph: That Mitt Romney was sending a "dog whistle" — speaking "birther code" — to racists everywhere, implying that Barack Obama is not an American. Presidency = Big Job. Only an American can be president. Therefore, Romney is saying Obama is not an American. Get it? It can only make sense to a leftist.

Every time I think the Left can't sink any lower, any time I think it can't be any more void of ability to critically think, it gets lower, more vacuous and more shrill. It remains to be seen if these types of accusations are born of a true case of lost marbles, incapable intellect or a desperately contrived offense in order to stimulate its shrinking base into action.

So, what can you say that a leftist won't take offense at? The list of available phrases is shrinking so fast that soon even innocuous greetings will be speech code violations. Last night's forensic language diatribe is not the first instance of leftist heartburn over the English language. Not even remotely so. Michelle Malkin today, coincidentally, documents the use of 12 words and phrases that recently have given  left-wing commentators episodes of hysterics for the plain use of plain language. Among the offensive words and phrases:

» Constitution.

» Professor.

» Angry.

» Golf.

» Privileged.

» Kitchen Cabinet.

I'd name the rest, but I want you to read the others and the circumstances in which they were used and why the Left think they are racist terms. At once they are hysterically humorous and just simply hysterical. Now, apparently, add to the list, "American" and "big job." What can you say?