Monday, April 14, 2008

Obama Clearly Doesn't Understand America Or American History

Perhaps he should be running for President of some other country. Everyone and anyone has been pointing to Obama's remarks at a fundraiser in San Francisco (one of the places that should be expelled from the Union, so that Obama could be its President):
Here is what he said April 6, referring to people living in areas hit by job losses: “[I]t’s not surprising, then, that 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.”
Americans cling to guns (in order of importance) because:

1. They hunt.

2. They are concerned about their personal safety.

3. They are aware that if tyranny becomes a problem, this is the only tool that most of them have with which to respond to tyranny.

Americans cling to their religion (in spite of an enormous amount of media efforts to denigrate it) for the following reasons:

1. They believe it to be true.

2. It provides solace in times of extraordinary personal suffering.

And Americans didn't start "clinging" to religion because of the economic downturn. Religion has been a fundamental part of American culture from the very beginning of settlement here. If Obama had even a poor education, he would know that.

Now, I agree that some anti-immigrant sentiment may indeed be related to job losses. But there's nothing irrational about that; when jobs are in short supply, anyone new to a community looking for work is going to be regarded as a problem. It is certainly the case that illegal immigrants, by driving down wage rates, aggravate existing job problems. But there is nothing new about this. Again, if Obama had even a poor education, he would know that this is also part of not only the American tradition, but that of all societies.

Some people think these remarks reflect Obama's lack of understanding of the need to keep his elitist beliefs under wraps, so that the peasants don't see what contempt elitists (the Democratic Party) have for them. That's true. But it also reveals a fundamental lack of understanding of American history, world history, and human nature. Why should someone that ignorant be running for president?

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