Never Will I Ever….

Never will I ever crucify a politician for making true statements.  I’ll begin by mentioning that I’m an Obama supporter, but would gladly vote for Hillary in the general election (assuming she doesn’t win by some odd method like counting the delegates from Michigan).  I praise Obama for running a cleaner (although it dirties by the day) campaign, although I respect both candidates.  Now that that’s established, 3 true things everyone is wigging out over.

Point 1: Ferraro and related substance

We all remember the Clinton camp member Ferraro.  She was forced to resign upon noting that Mr. Obama would not be the democratic front-runner if he was not black.  She made the fatal mistake of suggesting that race is a critical factor in the election.

Guess what.  IT IS.

Looking at the exit polls 

New York:

Clinton 57% Obama 40% (among black voters Clinton captures only 37% to Obamas 61%)

Among those who voted for Hillary in New York, 85% identified gender as the most important issue.  

In Georgia, where Obama won (67% to 31%), he captured 88% of the black vote.  

Now…is it possible that the fact that Obama regularly scores 20% higher among black voters then overall a coincidence? Yes.  Is it a coincidence? No.

In short, a large part of Obamas success is because he is black.  Not that being black was ever probobly helpful to him in the early stages of his life (as he pointed out as a response to Ferraro), but right now, in this moment, it helps.  The same goes for Hillary. A student at Clark University, I was treated to Hilary coming to speak at my school before Super Tuesday.  The introducing speaker who went before her ended with the following little snippet, which I shall now loosely paraphrase.  “Yesterday, when I dropped my daughter off for 2nd grade, I was able to say, for the first time ever ‘when you grow up you can be anything you want, even President of the United States'” to which of course there was much applause and cheering and joy.  

So, we’re all allowed to cheer because we may have the first Woman President; but we’re not allowed to point out that part of Hillary’s support comes from the fact that she’s a woman. 

Point 2: The Reverend

 His comment was, in essence, that 100 years of violent aggressive foreign policy that smacks of disregard for civilian life may have earned us a few enemies, and that we shouldn’t be surprised that someone hit back in a less-then-gentlemanly way.  Do I think that was the fault of the people in the towers that day that they died? No.  But I don’t think he believes that either.  What he believes is that 9/11 was long in the making, and we didn’t behave in the best way to avoid it.  This is true.  

Point 3: Bitter people

 

 

“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.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.”

“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 anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

I’m waiting for the offensive part.  Guess what, it sounds rather on-the-mark to me.  Apparently people in Penn find this offensive.  Guess what…I’m really bitter and frustrated.  Polls seem to suggest that most people nationwide are frustrated with the Federal Government.  Now, I suppose Mr. Obama suggests that they aren’t dealing with their frustration in the most constructive way possible, but my guess is that he’s quite correct with his remarks.

 

The interesting part of all of this is that when I talk to friends about these remarks, they all take stance that “well, of course those remarks are true, but they’re not allowed to say them.”  No no no, a thousand times no.  We’ve stumbled through 8 years of a President who babbles nothing but lies and half-truths, I will NOT crucify the current Presidential candidates for making true but “not PC” remarks.  

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3 Responses to “Never Will I Ever….”

  1. twocitiestale Says:

    Are you being facetious in your response to the quote, saying you find nothing offenseive? Of course its offensive and insulting. No one ‘clings’ to guns or religion out of bitterness. Owning a firearm is right as a citizen of this country, and choosing a spiritual philosophy to model one’s life around is an immense decision. To imply that people choose it out of a negative outlook insults all who have faith in any religion.

  2. theglenndavid Says:

    I’m not being facetious, but I have have missed the mark on this one. It seems unlikely that Obama intended to insult all religious folk; he himself seems very religious. Nor do I think that he wants the Second Amendment stricken from the record; rather I think he’s making a far more subtle point. I also do not believe he is insulting religious people or gun owners; rather he is questioning the degree of peoples response to the matter.

    For the moment let’s ignore the guns and religion part, and talk about the immigration/trade part. You’ve got an interesting situation developing in various parts of the countries. Very strong, very passionate anger is forming in places about immigration that themselves have no immigration. Equally passionate anger about the matter is occurring in places with next-to-no immigration. A similar corp of people have convinced themselves that all that is wrong with the world is the fault of the WTO.

    Immigration is something that has to be addressed…and the WTO is at best questionable and more likely then not a mistake; but the passion and depth of peoples concern with these matters is what Obama and others are questioning. Scrutiny seems to suggest that these issues receive a great many peoples misdirected rage.

    Jobs are going overseas; school is hard to pay for; there aren’t jobs when you get out of school; our sons, daughters, and friends are dying in a war; a lot of people are really angry; and the number one issue on the minds of people living in 95% white communities for some reason ends up being immigration (which does not effect them), concealed pistol laws for inner city regions (which do not effect them), and a perceived ‘assault on religion,’ which boils down mostly to a largely secular nation wanting evolution out of the classroom. The anger is being spent in all the wrong places. When Obama claims we cling to issues like gun control or religion, he’s asserting “people who are frustrated with the world but feel powerless to change it are devoting all their attention to one or two small local issues that they feel they can control.”

    I think Obama merely wants people to try and look at the big picture, and maybe take a deep breath.

  3. twocitiestale Says:

    Interesting perspective. Do you feel that any issue concearning the citizens of America affects us all? I believe that any encroachment on a constitutional right openes the doors to future rights being stripped away.

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