“You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, a lot of them — like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they’ve gone through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, and they cling to guns, or religion, or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.“
Last week, I blogged about that very same visit to the super rich. To make my life easier, I’ll quote myself:
Obama bills himself as a man of the people, who will beat down big business (although some of the more disingenuous in big business have already figured out a way to profit from these so-called populist policies). Indeed, his “man of the people” credentials may run a lot deeper than he’s admitted, since it turns out that the father on whom he admittedly modeled his political ideals was an extremist, dyed-in-the-wool communist. Given his populist stance, Obama’s recent trip to the Bay Area, during which he hobnobbed only with the richest and most famous, is amusing, since it either presents a man with no discernible principles or it presents a bunch of rich people who are allowing themselves to be led like lambs to the slaughter.
I was on the way to the truth when I said he is “a man with no discernible principles” but I hadn’t made it all the way there, no doubt because I lacked all of the necessary information. I saw a man who was a hypocrite: One who lambastes the rich, but who nevertheless sucks up to them to fulfill whatever his needs are at any given moment. What I didn’t realize is that, much as Obama hates the rich (and I believe he does, despite his intense desire to join their ranks), he also hates the poor. Only someone who hates the poor could classify their belief systems as pathologies (which he, Messiah-like, can remove, of course).
What’s even more interesting is the type main types of behaviors that he, from his Olympian height, deems pathological: Gun ownership, a right the Founders enshrined in the Second Amendment; and religion, something in which he professes to believe, as well as something that the Founder’s encouraged with their emphasis on freedom of worship. With his Leftist “root cause” mentality, he’s reduced guns and religion to the same level as crime, terrorism and out-of-wedlock births, all of which are behaviors that the Left routinely attributes to poverty and despair.
I actually don’t have anything more to say on this topic. I think it was a terrible statement in that it reveals Obama’s deep disdain for ordinary American people, but I don’t believe, as some do, that it will derail his candidacy. Given that Obama could not rise above race, and given that he is now seen by the black community as the black candidate, the Democrats cannot undermine him. If they do so, they risk alienating their only utterly reliable constituency — African-Americans. The Democrats, therefore, are just going to have to say good-bye to the inevitable McCain Democrats, with the hope that these temporary Republicans will return to the fold, just as the Reagan Democrats ultimately did in 1992.
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