Saturday, April 12, 2008

Obama Chastised for Telling the Truth

It must be some sort of secret and Barack Obama opened the box that he wasn't supposed to open. Both of his opponents jumped on him for saying what he did. It must be something that Americans ought not know about. And Obama let the cat out of the bag.

The secret? That many rural Americans have not moved forward for the last 25 years even though the politicians tell them that things will get better.

He said, "The jobs have been gone now for 25 years" in a lot of small towns. 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. And it's not surprising then that 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."

Apparently he wasn't supposed to bring that topic up. Hillary Clinton said that he was an elitist for saying it and told her audiences that she sees hope and optimism in these working class people. Steve Schmidt, a senior McCain adviser, described Obama's statement as "remarkable" and "extremely revealing." He went on: "It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking. It is hard to imagine someone running for President who is more out of touch with average Americans."

Out of touch? Elitist? Interesting comments. Apparently 'those people' to whom Obama referred have been enjoying a large slice of the American pie; it's just that they didn't know it. Perhaps they are blinded by prosperity and do not realize all of the opportunities for economic advancement entitled to them.

Funny stuff. It's always funny when politicians come around. It reminds me of the 'don't look behind the curtain' line in the Wizard of Oz. No, they ought not do that Mrs. Clinton, Mr. McCain because surely, you have the answers to their economic future.

And that would be?

Here's the saddest part of this 'story.' These voters will not vote for the man who addressed their economic plight. No, they will vote the way they always have: for the politician who promises the golden calf.

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