April 15, 2008

Uhm, sure... whatev. Obama's still right.

You all know that The Mayor and I endorsed, voted and caucused for Clinton. We are both Clinton delegates to the state convo. So, understand that when I say Obama was spot on about this, it doesn't come from a supportive, "We LOVE us some Obama" place.

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them,” Mr. Obama responded, according to a transcript of the fund-raiser published on Friday on The Huffington Post Web site.

“And they fell 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,” Mr. Obama went on. “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or antitrade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Was it sloppy? Sure. He makes it sound like only the unfortunate would want to keep guns and maintain religious traditions. But that's not what he meant. And you're a real idiot if you think otherwise. Seriously, go get back on the short bus, tardy.

What Sem. Obama meant was that Republicans, and to a lesser extent, Democrats, have left these people behind. They have no economic growth and are in many ways worse off than they were prior to 1980. Sure, they stabilized a bit or even grew their incomes in the 1990's, but all that evaporated rapidly once Bush took office. Not to mention their roads are falling apart, their schools are mostly shitty and gas is eating up an ever larger portion of their incomes. In this type of environment, these people have nothing left but their faith and their Constitutional right to bear arms. And blame. Blame for the immigrants, trade policy (though they are right on this one... Obama's wrong and a wholesale economic neophyte. The only one worse is McCain who doesn't even know they redesigned the $10 bill) and for the faggots wanting to get married. And it IS understandable... how many of YOU have some solid ideas on how to fix the economy that the Republicans have worked so hard to loot over the last 28 years? It's human nature to turn from the real problem that's much harder to solve to something understandable at a gut level.

"I'm voting for a flat tax because it's fair"-from a minimum wage worker who doesn't pay any tax now, but will under a flat tax. "I just want to protect marriage"-from an unemployed guy in rural OH.

These people are so shell shocked, they have no idea how to deal with the very real problems they see on a daily basis. Instead it's easier to focus their anger and frustration on those unlike them. Just ask Karl Rove... he's made a career out of convincing people that nonsense issues are the ones on which they should vote.

Hillary is smart enough to know all this and has decided to read it as a more literal statement. Which is pretty dumb. As for McCain, that old man needs to shut up and stay out of it. Every time he tries playing with the big dogs, he comes off like the ankle biting chihuahua he is. And from the press, the stupijectivity continues. No one's asking you to take a side, media. Just don't make shit up. You knew what he meant, write the story that way. If Hillary and McCain want to change the meaning, don't report it because it's not news.

At some point, this kind of gotcha reporting has to stop. If it doesn't, we'll continue dumbing down the population, making them still more reactionary. And that's where our experiment with democracy ends.

Posted by mcblogger at April 15, 2008 08:34 AM

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As The Most Devout Atheist in Austin™ I totally buy into the "religion is the opiate of the masses" theology. Bigotry or economic resentment could also substitute for religion in that equation considering they're also somewhat irrational. But guns? That's the second item on the big list!!! From my cold, dead hands!

Posted by: Kedron Touvell [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 15, 2008 01:32 PM

Snobama can kiss my shiny steel ass.

Posted by: Mayor McSleaze [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 15, 2008 07:05 PM

AMEN, well said McBlogger!

Posted by: DemoDame [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 15, 2008 10:59 PM

I have a tear in my eye.

Dumbing down? Reactionary?
Are you implying a right-wing conspiracy?

Posted by: Captain Kroc [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 19, 2008 10:46 AM

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