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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO THE OBAMAS (Reinhard)
The Oregonian ^ | April 17, 2008 | David Reinhard

Posted on 04/17/2008 9:18:18 AM PDT by jazusamo

I 'm not sure when it happened but, for me at least, presidential politics has managed to turn an old adage, "If you're not angry, you're not paying attention," upside down. If you're paying attention, it's well-nigh impossible to be angry.

At least, authentically angry.

Oh, every season brings a long train of fresh outrages -- bogus attacks, slick spin, waffles, panders, flip-flops, fast ones and outright lies -- over which to wax, as we say in the trade, "shocked and appalled." Barack Obama's resume-padding! Hillary Clinton's ducking sniper fire in Bosnia. Yes, it's all hands on deck, but authentic anger? Please.

At least I thought so until Obama's big-think musings on small-town Pennsylvania. As he was talking among friends at a San Francisco-area manse, Obama proceeded to commit sociology and in the process may have committed slow-motion political suicide: "You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania," he explained, "and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, 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."

The condescension. The arrogance. The elitism.

"I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people," Edmund Burke said in the run-up to the American Revolution.

Obama, the self-avowed "city-slicker," seems to have gotten the hang of it. Not only has he drawn up an indictment against a whole people, but he bases that indictment on what motivates them (not being drawn to Obama). Our candidate/psychoanalyst/anthropologist apparently knows what feelings and subconscious forces lurk beneath the small-town Pennsylvanian's self-destructive behavior (not being drawn to Obama). Maybe this is the kind of clairvoyance that comes with an education at America's elite universities. Or, more likely, it's just rank presumptuousness.

In Obamaland, Pennsylvania and Midwestern small-towners are bitter, anti-immigrant and racist, and they go in for guns and God because they're frustrated with their economic lot. They're either too stupid to vote in their own best interests or easily manipulated by bogus cultural-religious appeals.

Somehow, I'm not feeling the Obama healing.

Maybe that's because I grew up in small-town Pennsylvania. Or maybe it's because this reheated Marxist false-consciousness analysis is just silly and insulting. It may go over big at San Francisco cocktail parties or campus espresso salons or anywhere two or more hard-lefties gather to rationalize why they lose presidential elections, but the analysis breaks down for anyone who's done more than give campaign speeches in America's small towns.

For starters, it's telling that Obama lumps racial bigotry and xenophobia together with religion and gun ownership. Was that rhetorical clumsiness or an insight into what he really thinks? Is racial bigotry in the same category as religious worship? Is hostility to immigrants in the same category as gun ownership? It's also worth noting that religion and Second Amendment rights have been important in rural America for centuries -- in good times and bad.

Then there's the larger matter of Obama's view of small-town folks across Pennsylvania and the nation. They're not bitter people. In fact, the churches of small-town folks who "cling to religion" in the hard times generally promote hope and joy and frown on bitterness and hatred of immigrants or people who look different. It's the old "All God's Children," "Love your neighbor" thing.

Maybe the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.'s church is different. His sermons make it sound that way. It helps explain the anger and resentment -- dare I say, bitterness? -- that Michelle Obama expresses about her country. We're a land that is "just downright mean" and "guided by fear," she's said on the campaign trail. Only with her husband's presidential campaign has she had a change in heart about her nation: "For the first time in my life I'm proud of my country."

OK, fine. But small-town Pennsylvanians don't wallow in that kind of bitterness. Or, if they're so inclined, a hunting trip on Saturday or a good sermon on Sunday helps them resist the temptation.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; obamatruthfile; reinhard
David Reinhard has both Barry and Michelle's number.
1 posted on 04/17/2008 9:18:18 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Remember how bitter those small-town Pennsylvania Amish were after the shooting of their children?


2 posted on 04/17/2008 9:26:08 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

Very good point! Those small town rural people sure had more compassion than I would have.


3 posted on 04/17/2008 9:28:57 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Even through all of this, I never really thought about it, until this morning, how disgraceful it would be to have a “first lady” (and I use that term loosely) that was never proud of her country in her adult life.


4 posted on 04/17/2008 9:36:29 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: F15Eagle

You’re exactly right and with the Ivy League education she has you’d think she’d be smart enough to not say something like that even if she really feels that way. I guess she’s what’s referred to as an educated idiot.


5 posted on 04/17/2008 9:45:31 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
I think both of them are what my grandfather used to call "educated fools."

Carolyn

6 posted on 04/17/2008 9:53:05 AM PDT by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: jazusamo
Captain Obama regails the swells with tales of his exploits in deepest,darkest Pennsylvania


7 posted on 04/17/2008 9:58:17 AM PDT by OeOeO
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To: jazusamo

I think they’re so used to being transparent on their Louis-Farrakhan-type hints and overt statements that it’s second-nature to them; having delivered the same types of speeches to crowds where many would nod in agreement. But this is good because their almost-Freudian slips gives a glimpse into their souls.

She’s never been happy until Barry was on top ... my what plans they must have. The mere fact that Farrakhan and foreign terrorists are rooting for this guy ought to send up so many huge red flags, I’m surprised we even have to mention it to folks.

Of course the MSM doesn’t pound on that stuff like they should.


8 posted on 04/17/2008 10:09:12 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 4:15, John 11:25, John 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13)
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To: jazusamo; CDHart

I believe you would call them “affirmative action Ivy Leaguers”. Instead of gratitude for their opportunities, THEY are the ones with bitterness in their souls.


9 posted on 04/17/2008 10:13:20 AM PDT by nicola_tesla ("Life is Tough... It's Worse When You're Stupid".... John Wayne)
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To: jazusamo

I have stated that Michelle Obama represents the proverbial “canary in the coal mine”. What she says, her body language and visage, reflect not only her deeply held views, but also very likely reflect those of Barack Obama, her husband and companion of well over 20 years. Both have been imbued with the anti-white, racist views of their so-called “church”, and I surmise their two young daughters have been, too.

The MSM is criminally complicit in aiding and abetting the rise to prominence of a charlatan who represents a clear and present danger to America. But, that doesn’t bother the leftists who comprise the MSM - they did it with the Clintons as well.


10 posted on 04/17/2008 10:32:38 AM PDT by astounded (The Democrat Party is a Clear and Present Danger to the USA)
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To: jazusamo

“You go into these inner cities in Pennsylvania,” he explained, “and, like a lot of inner cities across America, the jobs have been gone now for 50 years and nothing’s replaced them. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or irresponsibility or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations...”

That’s a bit better.


11 posted on 04/17/2008 10:42:41 AM PDT by earglasses (I was blind, and now I hear...)
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To: OeOeO

ROFLOL, thanks!!


12 posted on 04/17/2008 12:05:27 PM PDT by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: jazusamo
I guess she’s what’s referred to as an educated idiot.

Idiot savant...

13 posted on 04/17/2008 12:15:28 PM PDT by Edgerunner (At the heart of every absurdity, lies a liberal lie)
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To: jazusamo
Great editorial.

"Bitter Gate: the gift that keeps on giving!!!

" Crackerquiddick ~ Bitter Gate " and "Wright is wrong Gate" are huge problems for the elitist would be Sneerer in Chief, Hussein Obamasnob!!

You can't win a general election with a coalition of America hating Bitter African- Americans and America hating Bitter white liberal elitist billionaires/millionaires, who buy brie, Chardonnay, and Hussein Obama/Samma.

For an inside look at the real Hussein Obama and his elite hate America backers at San Francisco where Hussein Obama made his elitist remarks,

Go here to see the thread with all The Pictures posted and Here to see another thread about this meeting of elite left wing America haters.

There are some very interesting pictures and comments re the actual meeting on those threads.

"Hussein Obama’s big mouth, small brain, condescending, America-hating, grandkid-baby-terminating, born-alive-infant-abandoning, America-hating-wife, kooky-moonbat-America-hating-pastor, racially-divisive, race-baiting, crotch-saluting, America-flag-disrespecting ... chickens ... coming home to roost ...!"

Behold the would be Sneerer in Chief!


14 posted on 04/17/2008 1:51:16 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Hussein ObamaSamma's Pastor, Jeremiah Wright: "God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11")
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To: astounded
The MSM is criminally complicit in aiding and abetting the rise to prominence of a charlatan who represents a clear and present danger to America. But, that doesn’t bother the leftists who comprise the MSM - they did it with the Clintons as well.

I could not agree with you more.

15 posted on 04/20/2008 12:43:57 PM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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