the blithering talking heads

Many people eager to defend Obama have been posting a short clip from CNN where Jeffery Toobin, Jack Cafferty and unknown lady stands up for senator Obama. I ask you do you really need this type of defense?

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My grandfather clings to his guns

My father's father raised eight children in rural Montana on a carpenters' wage- which is not much in a state that really hasn't had a housing boom since before WWII. As a result of this rather modest upbringing, everyone in my family, including my father, has always lived off of the land. We cling to our guns. I have inherited two.

We have never been particularly political, we have never been particularly educated in the common sense, but we are smart people and we have a love for life. I can tell you that my gun loving family has never been bitter or disillusioned enough to be run into a political idea by the republican right. We cling to our guns because we need to eat.

I grew up middle class or so I assume. When I was very young, my father worked the night shift at a lumber mill at the other end of the county and my mother worked for the administrative side of things at the county hospital. They were very young too. Despite what you might think about these occupations, I never had to want, but a great many around me did. Almost all my uncles and aunts had large Montana families. None of us were ever particularly money-rich when I was a child, but we had another sort of wealth- we had ourselves, our family and our community. That community included our local churches. My grandfather the carpenter helped build several of those local churches. My family, my poor destitute family that has had to rely on wild game for sustenance in the past, clings to its church. Not because we are bitter about our economic lot in life, but because we value community, we value the things that make life worth while.

There was a time, when Canadian lumber put the mill my father worked for out of business. HE DID NOT become bitter and begin to hate immigrants/trade nor did he begin to cling to his guns. You see, my father had always clung to his guns- he knew he might need them one day. Suffice it to say, I ate a lot of elk that winter!

So, no Mr. Obama. My family does not cling to our guns and religion because we are bitter about economic circumstances. We do not vilify others for their lot in life- my grandfather the carpenter and deacon taught us better. We have never been bitter. We have been money-poor, but we have always found a way and I take offense that you would suggest otherwise.

Obama Slurs Small-Town PA and the Midwest

Obama has once again revealed his elitist disdain for Reagan/lunch-bucket Democrats, and Midwesterners. While speaking at one of his San Francisco fundraisers he had this to say about small-town PA and the midwest in general:

"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of 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."

In one fell swoop Obama basically characterized small-town PA and the Midwest as racist, xenophobic, gun toting, fanatically religious, Archie Bunkers. And why are they like this all-knowing Obama? Well it's because they don't have jobs.

So, gun owners only own guns because they are bitter over job loss, not because they believe in their Second Amendment rights, are seeking to protect themselves, or perhaps enjoy a good hunting excursion? People turn to religion due to bitterness over job loss, not because they feel a spiritual connection and moral conviction to some higher power? And every body in small-town PA and the Midwest is a racist, xenophobe?  

Obama clearly does not understand nor connect with the individuals who make up the backbone of America: working class, small town people. These are the people who need a president who will be a steward of the economy, who offers policy specifics, who will provide affordable and universal health care. Wealthy elites can afford to buy into empty rhetoric, platitudes and vague promises; working class people can't. Hope isn't going to put food on the table. Hope isn't going to pay the hospital bills. Hope won't fill up the gas tank.

When these people hear his vague message of "change", they think he's talking about nickels and dimes. These individuals Obama chose to slur, like so many of us, are the ones who need a president who will look out for them the most...and he wonders why he will not be getting their vote.

Update [2008-4-11 19:7:1 by Mdm Prz 08]:Hillary gets it:

"It's being reported that my opponent said that the people of Pennsylvania who face hard times are bitter," Clinton said during a campaign event in Philadelphia. "Well that's not my experience. As I travel around Pennsylvania. I meet people who are resilient, optimist positive who are rolling up their sleeves.""Pennsylvanians don't need a president who looks down on them," she said. "They need a president who stands up for them, who fights hard for your future, your jobs, your families."

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Conservative columnist Dennis Prager has five questions about the most recent college shooting incident. Most of these appear to be trick questions.

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Gerry Cardinale and the Gun Lobby: Perfect Together

by Stephen Yellin

I've previously written here about NJ-39 and Gerry Cardinale; you can read the articles here: 59/993 8/9971

Yesterday I profiled New Jersey State Senator Gerald "Gerry" Cardinale and his ultra-conservative positions that he's taken throughout his 25-year career. However, I deliberately did not mention his most extreme belief - on gun control. Let me be clear: New Jersey is NOT an NRA-friendly state. In fact, one reason former Governor Jim Florio nearly won reelection in 1993 after dropping to an 18% approval rating was because of his courageous efforts to promote gun safety and reform the state's gun laws. One of his chief opponents in that fight was Gerry Cardinale. And after 25 years as a State Senator, Cardinale continues to promote an extreme, NRA-style agenda on gun control that is way out of line with New Jersey voters.

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