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Posted on 01/20/2013 5:12:26 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Bill Clinton on Rural Culture: 'All Theyve Got Is Their Hunting and Their Fishing' By Tom Blumer Created 01/20/2013 - 3:50pm
It's hardly news to those who have followed Bill Clinton for the past two decades, and it's probably even more of the same-old, same-old for those who had to endure having him as governor during the 1980s in Arkansas.
Nonetheless, something Mr. Clinton said in a speech at "a joint meeting of the Obama National Finance Committee and a group of business leaders," which was captured without even being deemed possibly offensive by Byron Tau at the Politico, should be noted as exemplifying the deep contempt this man -- and, it would appear, his audience, which had no reported negative reaction -- has for everday Americans (seen in bold after the jump; HT Instapundit):
Bill Clinton to Democrats: Dont trivialize gun culture
Former President Bill Clinton warned a group of top Democratic donors at a private Saturday meeting not to underestimate the passions that gun control stirs among many Americans.
Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them, Clinton said.
A lot of these people live in a world very different from the world lived in by the people proposing these things, Clinton said. I know because I come from this world."
... he said that he understands the culture that permeates a state like Arkansas where guns are a longstanding part of local culture.
A lot of these people all theyve got is their hunting and their fishing, he told the Democratic financiers. Or theyre living in a place where they dont have much police presence. Or theyve been listening to this stuff for so long that they believe it all.
Yes indeed, millions of Americans, depending on how you want to parse Clinton's quote, either find their only meaning in life in hunting and fishing, or literally have no other interests.
Really? Do you mind if we take a look at those involved with the government and national media in Washington for a moment, especially those on the left? Would it be fair to say that the percentage of people there where "all theyve got is their obsessions over poltics and power trips" is exponentially higher than the percentage of rural Americans who think about nothing but hunting and fishing? The overhelmingly likely answer is "yes." CNN correspondent Tom Foreman.
On a personal level, I would ask the political elites, if they can drop their sneering condescension for just a few moments, to get into real conversations sometime with people who they believe would fit the stereotype Bill Clinton worked to advance on Saturday. They would learn how interesting the vast majority of these supposedly boring, one-dimensional people really are. I have. I promise that you'll learn a lot of things you didn't know, and gain a greater appreciation of those for whom you're supposed to be working.
It will surprise almost no one here that a search at the Associated Press's national web site on Clinton's full name (not in quotes) returns nothing relevant.
The press and the left usually have to accuse Republicans and conservatves of "speaking in code" to conjure up accusations of elitism, racism, etc. Clinton's speech shows how no such creativity is necessary. Yet the press consistently finds such utterances on the left not newsworthy.
And what about that astro turf in the back of the El Camino?
We also like to be left the hell alone.
We also catfish ‘rassel,,, but i guess that falls under fishing.
And now that boy from Arkansas is an elite government whore- he is oh so sophisticated?
Bill Clinton has always been white trash. He has just bought his own press, thats all.
Hunting, fishing, family, church, neighbors, sports, farming, ranching, motorcycling, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, crafting, metalworking, woodworking, inventing, music, dancing, biking, rafting, boating....
Everything city people don’t have.
Case in point, "Sandy". New Yorker city type; dumpster diving withing 72 hours...Real resilient folk there I'd say..
Bingo; you have your freedom (or what’s left of it) compared to the many Americans stuck in blue states or big cities that are basically socialist but no one dare speak the word. To be left alone, without government interference, is truly freedom, and a rarity. Fight the good fight, it’s not over yet.
Tone deaf much?
And what have you got Billy “Cigar” Clinton, your interns?
That said, I know doctors and lawyers and writers and accountants who all love to hunt and fish. And if the economy were to ever collapse (it has done so before), these men and women would be able to feed their families and the rest of us.
So FU Bill Clinton...all you care about is your next BJ.
Even AlGore is now richer than you (and that matters because you and Al count your worth in $'s...not in wisdom or Godliness).
As opposed to urban culture where all your have is drugs and crime.
They their lives are so much fuller than you Bill Clinton. They have a soul. Your soul Bill is gone. It has been taken.
What an idiot!
I live in the country, and an uninvited “guest” showed up at the gate one night looking for a ride back to the truck stop. I called the sheriff to come get the guy, as he was way odd acting. They offered that they were busy on a domestic dispute elsewhere in the county and it would be 45 minutes to an hour, IF they could make it.
So I told the guy to get walking and don’t show up at my gate again.
He got the message.
Seriously, there is no depending on police or sheriff for help when you live in the country. Drug cartel highway right through the center of our county, so We always have access to our own protection.
When seconds count, the law may show up, or may not.
I thought he came from one of the Blythe brothers of Sherman Texas?
via the Arkansas Mafia.
Just which Blythe brother, the single one or the one married to someone other than his mother, is not clear to this day. He probably doesn't know either.
And what does Clinton have besides putting his pecker in anything that moves
I'd take hunting and fishing over Hillary, or any of his floozie bimbos.
Yep, going to listen to him...
More Alinsky tactics to piss people off. It’s what they do.
clinton’s comments are just the contempt of the beltway for the citizen. Politicians hate voters.
They believe only NYC knows culture, art, history, music, and architecture.
Our representatives hate us, ALOT.
We are all just a bunch of hunting-and-fishing gun-clinging Bible-clutchers, now.
I’m jealous Bill. You got Hillary, Chelsie and what else? Oh yeah, disbarred, impeached and you disgraced the people’s house by getting a blow job and soiling the poor girls dress you pig.
No, I’m embarrassed. All you democrats are filthy POS’s.
This from a guy who grew up in a trailer park with a chain smoking mama.
Fewer and fewer people hunt. Good for me!
All city folk are into is Sport F$%king
Before anyone gets all hot and bothered by what this “person” thinks, remember, he seduced and got a blowjob from the hired help, masturbated into a sink, lied through his teeth on television, took bribes, played fast and loose with the security of the nation, was impeached, fined by a court of law, lost his license to practice law, and is effectively estranged from his wife who now works for and runs interference for the most corrupt administration in history. Once one understands the source of the criticism, it’s pretty easy to shrug off.
That said, it is not their fault...just the nature of geo-myopia.
Remember this (Saul Steinberg)...
Even people in small towns suffer from this malady.
"Wherever you are...well, there you are."
Well, you can't shoot the birds...and the only big game are big-booty women.;-)
ah sucks....that’s just silly. We also have barn dances, bbq’s, whiskey and sex.
Why is this Azzhole even on the national stage. His azz should have been laughed off years ago!
'Twas not always so in America.
Were Alexis de Tocqueville to visit America today, perhaps he would be as impressed as he was in the 1830's, by the vast number of well-informed citizens in what Clinton and his pseudo-intellectual friends might describe as the "red states"--those vast fly-over parts of America where political elitists like Clinton mistakenly believe that "all they've got is their hunting and fishing."
It is there, perhaps, where Tocqueville would find (as he did in the 1830's) citizens who pride themselves on having read their Declaration of Independence and Constitution, along with their newspapers and Bibles, and they understand, with that true intellectual, Thomas Jefferson, "State a moral case to a ploughman and a professor. The former will decide it as well, & often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules." It is the "artificial rules" which absorb the "progressives," not the enduring principles so well understood by the rural folks across America.
Contrary to what Clinton and others in the media seem to believe, citizens in every County in every State in the United States now have almost instant access to the literature and ideas that motivated America's Founders. In increasing numbers, those citizens have begun to study and to embrace those ideas. No longer are their intellectual horizons bound by what some evening news anchor tells them about the world, or by what they read in the New York Times.
No longer are they bound by the philosophy of the National Education Association's legislative agenda in the public schools. They have their own independent schools, and the ever-growing home school movement is allowing their children to explore ideas through books and internet access in their own homes.
What has been called "public education" in America no longer is able to censor and control the curriculum for large numbers of citizens. No longer can it successfully censor out the words and ideas that America was founded upon. A free marketplace of ideas has begun to emerge in America over the past 20-25 years, and minds have been enlightened about the ideas of liberty, of freedom of individual enterprise, and of the concepts that motivated the Founders. Check out the popularity of books and seminars on those subjects. Check out web sites where the writings of the Founders and of those whose ideas they studied can be read in the privacy of one's home.
There's more intellectual activity out here in the "red states" than most media people could imagine. As a result, the assorted pseudo-intellectuals who pretend to analyze those who hold the Bill of Rights to be outside the purview of the "progressives" and this Administration do understand their rights.
As a result of home schooling, private schools, and technology, just perhaps, they are becoming as informed about their Constitution as the ordinary citizens Tocqueville visited in the American wilderness of the 1830's, whom he described in the following manner:
"It cannot be doubted that in the United States the instruction of the people powerfully contributes to the support of the democratic republic; and such must always be the case, I believe, where the instruction which enlightens the understanding is not separated from the moral education ...."
The American citizen, he said, "..will inform you what his rights are and by what means he exercises them .. In the United States, politics are the end and aim of education ... every citizen receives the elementary notions of human knowledge; he is taught, moreover, the doctrines and the evidences of his religion, the history of his country, and the leading features of its Constitution .... it is extremely rare to find a man imperfectly acquainted with all these things, and a person wholly ignorant of them is a sort of phenomenon .... It is difficult to imagine the incredible rapidity with which thought circulates in the midst of these deserts [wilderness]. I do not think that so much intellectual activity exists in the most enlightened and populous districts of France."
"Ideas have consequences" (Weaver). The Founders ideas brought forth the greatest experiment in liberty that the world has ever known. The idea of dependency on grants of rights and benefits from imperfect people elected to positions of power in govenment has its consequences too--as we are seeing in the society today.
Yeah, Cue Tip Head’s aged-skirt-chaser/serial-liar lifestyle is so much classier.
“all theyve got is their obsessions over poltics and power trips”
The author forgot their obsession with perverted sexual practices. That’s what REALLY drives them.
I so despise Slick Willey, he is a liar and a rapist. I'll stop now...man this guy makes blood shoot from my eye sockets.
Then leave us to our hunting and fishing. Get out of our lives!
"I know, because my congressional allies were routed just weeks after I signed the AWB. Tom Foley, the House Speaker, and Jack Brooks the judiciary chairman, all of them!"
Well, Bill (ya rapist), without those hicks, you don’t eat. Given your girth, that might not affect you personally for an extra day or two.
Yer right Slick.....they could be raping young interns!...../sarc
Guess what Bill, you prick. The rural folks can feed and sustain themselves regardless of whether you and your ilk are dead or alive. Unlike most of your constituents/slaves.
And that really gets under your craw doesn’t?
I second that.
Yeah, those stupid b@$t@rds like me that larned to read 'n rite and started readin' all that 'ere histry 'n stuff, 'n larned that dictators ARE mankind's history - not self government. What a fool I was to learn all that stupid stuff and start to believe it. I shouldnt'a learnt ta read, and then I'd believe ever' thang them ole Demonrats tell me 'bout how nice they is 'n all.
Its the one place I feel like Everyone from Limbaugh to Beck have failed us. They spend a lot of time talking about oppressive laws but not nearly enough time talking about urban laws being imposed on rural people.
We aren’t the cause of violence in the cities but the laws imposed due to that violence weigh most heavily on rural America. Basically our government increasingly criminalizes our behavior because of their inability to control urban crime.