Byon April 14, 2008 7:54 AM
Hillary Clinton, smelling blood after Obama’s recent comments about working class America, Clinton has wasted no time tearing into her opponent, calling him ‘elitist’. Senator Clinton, I’d like you to meet the Pot. Pot, meet Senator Clinton.
That aside, I can hardly blame Hillary for taking advantage of such a tactical error on Obama’s part. “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.”
Sure, Barack, Middle-Class America may be bitter, but they don’t hide behind gun control and religion to make up for their bitterness. These things are important to middle-America because they are as much a part of the culture of white workers as anything else in this country. These are people who’d grown up for generations working hard, usually earning a subsistence wage. They require guns to hunt, initially for survival, later as a right of passage. It’s a part of who these people are, just as their Faith in God is.
If Working-Class America is Bitter, Mr. Obama, it’s because they’ve spent generations struggling to build something for their families. They’ve done this while battling the wealthy, who more often than not would seek to rise above by taking advantage of those they saw beneath them. This fight, and this ecosystem led to the creation of labor unions, which helped the men of that time to ensure stable wages and satisfactory living conditions.
But then the ecosystem changed. The companies have learned that taking advantage of employees can cost them more in the long run, the unions have become the enemy of the people they represent (though most of the represent-ees don’t recognize it), and the government, largely through the policies of the Democratic Party, have begun taking ever larger amounts to support welfare programs.
Are all these programs bad? Certainly not. The opportunity for hand up is something that I think everyone would be glad to receive. The problem is that we see countless examples of people who survive on these programs, making no effort to earn beyond it. The system is structured such that some people actually make more money on social welfare than off it. We hear stories of drug dealers collecting welfare while selling drugs, of families having more children simply to collect more benefits, of illegal immigrants taking advantage of social programs, sometimes without paying their share of the taxes.
Working-Class America doesn’t hide behind these issues. These issues are important to them because they have a direct effect on their way of life. These issues are a part of who these people are, and when politicians come and tell them that the things that are important to them, like their Faith, and their past-times like Hunting (and the guns that go with it), are wrong and bad, then these people are going to get upset.
Democrat’s tend not to get the working class vote. For many of the reasons that Senator Obama claimed that they hide behind in bitterness. Such a comment, while quite possibly elitist, also fail to recognize the truth of life for the Working Class. And Hillary Clinton tries to monopolize on Obama’s poor phrasing with her own special brand of lies and misinformation.
“She is running around talking about how this is an insult to sportsman, how she values the second amendment. She’s talking like she’s Annie Oakley,” Obama said, invoking the famed female sharpshooter immortalized in the musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”
Her record agrees with Obama’s criticism. Hillary Clinton is no friend of the working class. She panders to large corporate interests, and offers funds to the disadvantage, with little incentive to take control of their own lives. She is a carpet bagger, only interested in furthering her own agenda.
At least she’s honest about something. Her actions leave little room for anyone to think differently.
And in the meantime, McCain has also made remarks about the poor quality of Obama’s comments, and tatit shows little understanding of the Working Class. For his own credit, McCain has said little else.
The next few primaries are shaping up poorly for Obama due to this commentary, though it’s unclear if this is enough for Senator Clinton to actually get the nod from the DNC. Still, as the Senator’s continue to snipe at each other, they do a fantastic job weakening their own parties position for the upcoming election. I honestly begin to if the party won’t use up all the anger directed at Bush that puts McCain at a disadvantage. I just don’t think that Obama and Clinton are thinking about the fallout all their current mudslinging is likely to have in the upcoming general election.