Obama on small town America
“Our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives,” he said. “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 going to 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.”
That sounded bad. So, he elaborated more:
“And of course they’re bitter. Of course they’re frustrated,” Obama told a crowd of supporters. “You would be too — in fact many of you are, because the same thing has happened here in Indiana. … Nobody is thinking about you.”
He also said that this disillusionment with government’s inaction on economic issues makes people base their votes on other issues, such as guns, gay marriage and religion.
Obama is completely clueless. I mean, he is 100%, Michael Moore like clueless. That’s fine and good for Hollywood actors. But, for someone to be dictating national policies and such, it’s not. He’s been traveling the country promising change for a year now, but all we get is the same tired stigma. People in small towns don’t “cling” to anything. We have the same differences Obama sees in uppity urban places. We have liberals here too. Just not as many concentrated in one place. However, what you have in rural areas is people a little more grounded in reality because you can’t hide among the masses here. You can’t just be a raving lunatic and not have everyone in your community know about it. This forces a certain amount of personal responsibility on each person in a small community. When that happens, people tend to become more conservative in real issues. We don’t “cling” to guns, we “cling” to the rights given us by the Constitution. We don’t “cling” to religion, we “cling” to the right to be whatever religion we choose to be. We don’t “cling” to antipathy towards others who are not like “us” or immigrants, we expect them to be responsible citizens as we do anyone else.
These statements by Obama are really, really, disappointing to me. If this is the “change” Obama has promised, we don’t need it. It strikes me as being elitist, racist, and showing a preferencet towards urban areas when at this time in the United States it makes a lot more sense, and the reality is, moving resources to rural areas is a lot more economically logical. The reason Washington has skipped over developing a lot of rural US is because of the attitude expressed by Obama. What change does he represent for anyone not living in a city at this point?