Lobbying groups like to use the phrase “Americans for X” in order to imply a broad base of support for whatever it is they are pushing, for instance, “Americans for Free Hamburgers on Tuesday”. That’s propaganda, of course, but it is at least plausible in the sense that those in favor of free hamburgers on Tuesday may have no other common affiliation than being Americans, and so can best be identified groupwise as simply “Americans.”
Today I read about an organization called Americans for a Republican Majority. If one were in favor of a Republican majority, then wouldn’t that make one a Republican, not just an American? The phraseology implies that there are Americans who are not Republicans but are in favor of a Republican majority, which is patently ridiculous. As if this group of supporters of a Republican majority is so diverse, so vast, that it can only be properly identified as “Americans”. As if there’s a grassroots campaign by a wide spectrum of ordinary citizens with no particular party affiliation to help Republicans get elected. It makes about as much sense as the Buffalo Bills Fan Club calling itself “Americans in Favor of Buffalo Winning the Super Bowl.”
It’s fucking stupid and it reeks of astroturf and doublespeak.