Monday, April 14, 2008

The Obamas and po' folk

What is it with Michelle and Barry? Are they just big city slickers who are clueless about how to talk to down state (i.e., outside Chicago) bumpkins and the fly over hoi polloi? Michelle Obama whines to an Ohio working women focus group (incomes below the state median in a county where few have attended college) about her burden of student loans from Princeton and Harvard Law School, loans that have enabled her to have a dream position making a bundle on a hospital board. But, golly, with private lessons for the girls for piano and dance, and private schools costs, and summer camps, etc., it's just so darn tough to pay back those loans!

Barack Obama's comment in California has people gasping in disbelief--I heard Christians who are normally apolitical just outraged
    "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 anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
But his enemies twisted his words and all he meant to say, according to this pooper-scooper quote was
    "So I said, well you know, when you're bitter you turn to what you can count on. So people, they vote about guns, or they take comfort from their faith and their family and their community. And they get mad about illegal immigrants who are coming over to this country."
Then what's the excuse of rich Democrats who own guns, make movies featuring gun violence, go to church, love their families, and don't want to be overrun by illegals sucking up benefits meant for Americans? Wasn't all the outrage about the illegals in 2007 way before the current real estate melt down, and actually against President Bush and Republican legislators for letting down conservatives; and isn't all this trade protectionism both here and abroad in part responsible for the food riots on the global scene; and who's been voting on guns since Hillobama started running (or limping) for the White House? Do you suppose he ought to think about how gun owners might perceive their rights if Hillobama is elected? What country does he want to run? Cuba?

"The sheer breadth of the stereotype, which would send Team Obama screaming from the rooftops if a white politician drew a similarly sweeping caricature of blacks? The crude quasi-Marxist reductionism of his analysis, which he first introduced in his speech on race vis-a-vis the root causes of whites’ “resentment” — namely, exploitation by the bourgeoisie in the form of corporations and D.C. lobbyists? Or is it the shocking inclusion of religion, of all things, in the litany of sins he recites? What on earth is that doing there, given His Holiness’s repeated invocations of the virtues of faith on the trail? Note the choice of verb, too. Why not just go the whole nine yards and call it the opiate of the masses?" Hot Air

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