‘Out of Touch’ Obama Doesn't Get Small Town America

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By now you must have heard about Obama's Liberal/Progressive elitist put down of small town America.

At a San Francisco fundraiser last Sunday, Obama revealed jut how removed he is from those who inhabit flyover country:

You go into some of 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 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.

I was born and raised in flyover country. In my case, it was a rural agricultural community in Northern California. The small town America I know may cling to guns and religion, but it sure as hell isn't out of bitterness. No, my small town America clings to guns and religion because of tradition. It's the way we were 'raised. We are a self-reliant folk. We don't look to, nor do we expect, the government to coddle us or solve every problem that some Liberal/Progressive elitist politician can identify. Actually, like President Reagan, we tend to think government is more often the problem. The more we can keep the government out of lives, the better off we are.

I resent Obama's assertion that us country folk suffer from "antipathy" toward others. I find it personally offensive. I was raised to respect others and was taught that I should strive, like God, to be "no respecter of persons." I've always tried to do that, and so do the small town folk I know.

Read on.

The McCain campaign gets it:

McCain sees working-class voters -- many of them once and possibly still "Reagan Democrats" -- as a critical constituency for his hopes of winning the White House. His advisers say Obama will have trouble locking down that support in the general election because his message has been focused more on changing the system than on delivering results.

"It's a remarkable statement and extremely revealing," McCain adviser Steve Schmidt said in a statement. "It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking, it is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans."

When I first heard about Obama's insult to small town America, I thought his handlers would come up with some clever way to apologize. Instead, after initially dismissing criticism of Obama's remarks in a written statement, in Terre Haute, Indiana, Friday night, Obama repeated the insult.

Hillary issued several statements criticizing Mr. Obama, calling Obama "out of touch." The McCain campaign also weighed in:

“It shows an elitism and condescension toward hard-working Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking,” said Steve Schmidt, a senior adviser to Mr. McCain. “It is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans.”

Obama's remarks aren't likely to cost him the Democratic nomination. Nevertheless, one only has to envision those red and blue electoral maps showing county by county the results of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, to realize the "out of touch" Obama will now be even less likely to defeat Senator McCain in November.

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I've read much about this, but haven't seen any footage. Footage would be golden for a late summer campaign ad. Any footage of this exist.

but Obama has made a clarification in which he states that he probably "could have said it better" and then goes on to dig himself in deeper. I think there is vid at HotAir.

He basically repeats his point that working class small-town people are being manipulated by the evil republicans and conservatives to believe that issues like gun rights, illegal immigration, religious freedom, etc, are important issues, so that they won't realize the real issues are economic. You see, these gun-toting Bible thumping bigots didn't go to Harvard, therefore they just don't understand that they shouldbe voting Democrat.

In other words -- It's the class warfare, stupid!

For Marxist economists (whose ideas influenced all left-wing thinking thinking in the 20th century), all history is reducible to economic forces.

All else--religion, patriotism, etc.--are just "false consciousness," distractions from the true "class consciousness" that the working class is supposed to have. Religion as the "opiate of the people," as it were.

So what Obama is preaching is a genuine Marxist interpretation of American civics and history. I wonder if he got it out of "history" books like Howard Zinn's; it sure sounds like it could have come from there.

And Obama's youthful supporters are too young to realize this.

When I went to junior high school in New York City, "Das Kapital" was required reading. Back then, New York City public schools were actually pretty good. And my social studies teacher wanted us kids to be able to deconstruct the fallacies and inadequacies of Marxism.

My HS senior American Government class spent the first half of the year on a line by line study of the US Constitution and the second half on Russian/Soviet History and Marxism/Socialism/Communism. Das Kapital was also required reading, though God what a bore and a chore! This was in rural Georgia in '66-'67. Today's graduates have never had much History and virtually all that they did have was Marxist History, so Obama'a Marxist cant falls naturally on their ears. I doubt any of my stepkids would even know what Das Kapital was or who Marx or Hegel were, but dialectic materialism would sound about right to them, though they wouldn't recognize it by name. God knows I've tried though! The oldest one is starting to get it, but it has required repeating Life 101 semester after semester.

In Vino Veritas

I had the same required reading of Das Kapital (first published in 1867) in college, and my understanding is that marxism is not so much economic theory as it is a theory of history: In the same way that feudalism ultimately gave way to a free market protectionist construct, the free market will eventually self-destruct by depleting all resources available to the system of capitalism, which by definition must continue to grow (exponentially) in order to thrive. Once all resources are tapped-out, hyper-capitalism gives way, inevitably, to socialism via socio-economic revolution. Most true conservatives who have done their homework understand this concept as a defining precept of "conserv"-ative epistomology.

"They say patriotism is the last refuge
to which a scoundrel clings,
steal a little and they throw you in jail,
steal a lot and they make you king."
-Bob Dylan

Kinda funny how some of the basic tenets of conservatism can resonate the most with regard to marxist ideology... DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

If you do your homework, you will learn that Benjamin Disraeli's Conservatism was influenced by Marx.

American, British, and Australian Conservatism is nowadays mostly informed by free-market economics and fits better under the label of Classical Liberalism.

As for Marx's crackpot theory of history, I'll think about it some on the day after all the resources are exhausted and capitalism collapses. Until then, populists advancing class-struggle demagoguery get nothing from me but scorn and ridicule.

and go stimulate yourself someplace where you'll be more comforable.

In Vino Veritas

And some still speak of it as inevitable.

I grow tired of doing this but there is a glaring unsupported assumption in your post. Its painfully obvious, I mean it leaps out of the monitor and starts beating you about the head. Do you see it ? Do you understand why it is so ?

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."
-Thomas Paine: The American Crisis, No. 4, 1777

Read this account of the failure of the first American Socialist State, and get back with us.

"The experience that was had in this commone course and condition, tired sundrie years, and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanitie of that conceite of Platos and other ancients, applauded by some of later times; --that the taking away of propertie, and bringing in communitie into a comone wealth would make them happy and florishing; as if they were wiser than God.

But what else is there to cling to here in the great white middle? Global warming? Security blankets went out with 5th grade; besides, saying "security" might suggest, well, national security.

Maybe Sen. Obama is jealous. We cling to familiar things that he blindly gropes for.

Barry couldnt have shown what he is better then this bizzare edition of socialist blathering. Even worse is that this is the best that the Democratic party can do. Can there be a clearer choice now??

And unfortunate souls like Obama who were not raised by parents they could rely on so very often (not always) cling to government as a way to solve all the world's problems.

If we look at the newspapers and other blogs there isn't all that much being said about it and certainly the MSM is downplaying it, as expected.

I believe that the liberals in fly-over country often times hold the same opinion that Obama stated. Not because they are bitter or not self-reliant, but because they are party voters and are mostly unconcerned with what spews forth from "those lying politicians".


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

"I actually did vote for the 87 billion, BEFORE I voted against it!"


"I ain't never votin' fo another Democrat so long as I can draw breath! I'll vote for a dog first!" - Leola Thomas

So far, if anybody is "clinging" to religion out of bitterness and anger over economics, it's Reverend Wright and his angry black supporters.

The angry blacks who have embraced Afrocentrism and Black Liberationist Theology, come closer to Obama's description than any white folks in small-town America I know.

"In the New Testament, Jesus is not for all, but for the oppressed, the poor and unwanted of society, and against oppressors...Either God is for black people in their fight for liberation and against the white oppressors, or he is not."
-- James Cone, advocate of Black Liberation Theology

Here is my question to you guys. Who should I support on the left to give Obama heck, Cynthia McKinney or Ralph Nader.

Neither. You should donate more money to McCain.

McKinney or Nader are mmerely annoyances. They'll get 1% of the vote if they are lucky. The return on investment is too small. It would be much better in McCain's hands.

"I ain't never votin' fo another Democrat so long as I can draw breath! I'll vote for a dog first!" - Leola Thomas

...who went to a church for 20 years and listened to a preacher who urges his followers to cling to a religion based on Marxist Black Liberation Theory, and antipathy towards people who aren't like them?

...who has spent the last few months spreading his xenophobic rhetoric in opposition to free trade?

And it is WE who supposedly cling to these things to explain our frustrations?

Of course, it's hard to understand what he believes, at all. Take his slam on the small-towner's "anti-trade sentiment". It's a howler because it comes the same week when HE rails against a very favorable trade agreement with Colombia. That was for the benefit of the unions.

His small town pejorative was for the benefit of some well-heeled San Francisco elites. He is an enigma. He panders to the audience. Virtually, no one knows what he believes or what he would do as President.

Vista really sucks!

wife live in the lap of luxury in Chicago and are surrounded with people, not to mention the MSM, who fall all over themselves to praise every word that falls from their lips. I have no doubt at all that he very much ascribes to the belief that anyone who is against him as their candidate is small-minded, intolerant, brain-washed by religion (pot, meet kettle), and in love with guns. He just made the mistake of saying this out loud--kind of like when Hillary made her little faux pas in front of a crowd in San Fran a year or two ago. The one about taking money away from people and redistributing it.

They can't hide who they really are forever--and in this case, he couldn't hide it very long at all.

At least, I distinctly remember him talking up jobs with the UAW in Detroit one day, then talking up the environment and tighter emissions standards with the EPA the next during the 2000 campaign and, of course, he won that election.

Sort of.

Okay, not really.

Like Moe has said: Best. Primary. EVAR.

This too shall pass.

I was hoping he would have gotten the nomination by now.
The general election wont even be competitive with Obama on the ticket. Surely the higher ups in the Democratic party know this by now, its Howard Dean all over again.
Obama is just the same as Kerry, just twice as weak. Its truly amazing how he's gotten them spellbound to actually believe he's got a chance.
This combined with the Pastor and the comical bowling scene, is turning into politcial train wreck never seen before. His negatives are gonna go through the roof. I bet that even Hillary will have better positive/negative numbers in a couple of weeks.

You are undersestimating the stupidity of his supporters. It doesn't matter what he says, he could say something positive about Hitler and they wouldn't care. They like him because he is black and speaks well.

There are a lot of saps in this country, I predict a close election.

counted with his handlers. By now, I hope the lot of them are feeling like someone who bought a big new flat screen TV for bargain basement prices off the back of some guy's truck in an alley, congratulated themselves on what a good deal they got and then found out when they got it home that it didn't have any working insides.

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