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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

He Keeps on Digging

I'm doing this from memory. No, I don't have any links right now. I'll try to find them to help y'all connect the dots. (UPDATE: here's the transcript of the whole nightmare.)

Yesterday, we were driving across The Fruited Plane back to the Lone Star State, and we were listening to Maha Rushie. He played an audio clip from a "compassion seminar" (how very... liberal sounding) that Senators Clinton and Obama attended over the weekend. Senator Obama tried to explain what he was talking about when he referred to all those "bitter" folks in Pennsylvania who cling to guns and religion, etc. I don't think he helped his cause much.

I'm paraphrasing, but he basically said that, when times get tough, "those people" only have "their families, their faith, and their traditions." Not that there's anything wrong with those things, of course, he quickly added. It's just that there's nothing else there for them.

Uh... Senator Obama, what's wrong with having "only" those things? If you have your faith, your family, and your traditions as your support system, everything else is unimportant. Those things, the things you put so little stock in, are the only things that are truly important. Who you are as a person is determined by those things that you seem to look down upon. Who you work for or how much money is in the bank doesn't determine who you are. Or at least they shouldn't.

(UPDATE: I read in the transcript where he said, "Well, first of all, you know, scripture talks about clinging to what's good. And so it's very important..." Uh, Senator, that's not even close to what you meant. You told those liberal donors in San Francisco that the folks in rural Pennsylvania "cling to their guns and their religion" in a tone that suggested that it was a very bad thing. Sorry to burst your bubble there, Senator.)

(One could argue that tradition isn't even all that important, which is neither here nor there.)

You can get a new job, Senator (even if it means moving for those who live in small rural communities where the mill closed down). You can find a new place to live if your circumstances change. What you do (your job) isn't nearly as important nearly as important as who you are (your character).

Senator Obama went on to say that these poor folks who only have their family, faith, and traditions to fall back on are upset because they don't feel like government is listening to them. Here's a hint, Senator- most people want government OUT of our lives, not thrust into it all the time. The original concept of our country did not include the federal government sticking its nose into every nook and cranny of our lives. It was all about limited government and personal responsibility. We lost that somewhere along the way.

I might go into the rest of this "seminar" later, but I wanted to get this out while I was thinking about it.

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