Obama: You Only Need to Count on Your Family and Your God if Your Government Doesn’t Make You Rich or at Least Richer; UPDATED

Filed under:Jerks,Language Barrier,Politics — posted by Anwyn on April 12, 2008 @ 1:07 pm

Update: Many thanks to Ace and Hot Air for the links. And don’t miss Ace taking me all the way back to square one and reminding me that in the first set of remarks, Obama didn’t say a damn thing about family; he said “antipathy to people who aren’t like them” and then tried to spin it into meaning dependence on family and the community (“community,” lest we forget, one of the nauseatingly repeated trend words of the left) … and it still comes out as a bad thing in his lexicon. Because it’s what he really thinks. Well done, Barack. But it’s all part and parcel of the new left idea that only the family you choose for yourself matters … thus it’s honorable and decent for Barack to stand by the pastor whose rhetoric is abhorred by so many millions of voters, but “cling” to your family? That’s only because you’re in distress and oh yeah, it’s also raaaaaaaaaacist.

There are two main things that allow you to get along with other people in life: Making sure that what you say and do publicly are acceptable to enough people and making sure that how you really believe and act are acceptable to people important to you. Obama just let voters know how he really believes.


Keep digging, Barack. Dig yourself all the way to China, where they already have communism, and see how you like it, jackass.

Original remarks:

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 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.

Got that? You can’t be frustrated about illegal immigration or anything else that matters to your ideas about how this country should operate or who should have to obey the law, really, you know you can’t. You’re just pissed that a factory shut down and took your job away so you have to have some outlet for that anger. Whereas (presumably) if you vote for Barry he’ll have your factory job back in a heartbeat so that you never have to consider moving, consider going where times are more prosperous, consider how you might alter your life to adapt to changing circumstances, changes that might actually end up being for the better.

Spin in Indiana Friday night, insulting the intelligence of my fellow Hoosiers, though judging by the applause, those present were begging to have it insulted:

They don’t vote on economic issues because they don’t expect anybody’s gonna help them. So people end up, you know, voting on issues like guns … issues like gay marriage … take refuge in their faith and their community and families, things they can count on … so here’s what’s rich. Senator Clinton says, “Well, I don’t think people are bitter in Pennsylvania …” John McCain says, “Oh, how can he say that? How can he say people are bitter?”

No, jackass, “bitter” was not the damning epithet. I’m pretty disgusted and bitter my own self at having to choose between an open-borders guy and a couple of socialists, one with racism thrown in for good measure. Saying people only care about religion, the right to bear arms, their families and communities (code, by the way, for they embrace only their own and despise, perhaps even violently, all other comers, out of this same bitterness), that was the damning bit. And sensible people in Indiana and elsewhere are hearing it, reading it, and knowing it. Keep digging.

Spin in Indiana Saturday morning:

I said somethin’ that everybody knows is true … people don’t feel like they’re being listened to. So they pray, and they count on each other, and they count on their families … you know this in your own life. And what we need is a government that is actually paying attention … fighting for workin’ people, [blah blah blah blah socialist code words up to and including American Dream].”

Once again, you’re not supposed to count on your family or your faith, you’re supposed to count on your government. He simply cannot fathom the concept that people do not believe this is the proper role of government, that nobody in their right mind wants to count on government for their needs and wants. So he says “I could have said it better,” but then goes on to say the same damn thing in the same damn way because he simply cannot believe it couldn’t be the truth.

This is the real Barack Obama, believe it. People counting on their families and God is not appropriate; these things are merely the refuge of the bitter. This is why his chosen church and his mentor/married-him/baptized-his-kids pastor are not about God but about race and class–because that’s all he believes in. People don’t vote their class identity not because they don’t believe this is an appropriate basis for choosing a government, because they believe individual rights are a better foundation, but merely because they’re embittered and don’t believe voting on class would change the class structure. There is nothing in his world but class structure and how he can alter it so that we’re all supposedly on the same basis, which in his mind means lack of inequity but in reality will result in nothing but lack of opportunity, lack of will, lack of ambition, lack of work, lack of achievement.

Keep digging, Barry. Hey, maybe there’s a silver lining: If you need to count on God and your family if your government doesn’t make your life turn out the way you want it to, then perhaps we’ll have a lot of converts to Christianity and family trust after you pull down the life edifaces of America’s wealthy.

And PS–if all the people you talk to are “bitter,” did it ever occur to you that these might be the only ones (not all of the populace or, it is to be hoped, even a majority) who want the government to put a bandaid on them and make it better, who might think it’s a swell idea to whine to a politician about how bad they have it (really, often, not that bad at all)? Seek out some ordinary folks without an axe to grind and then see how well your vision holds up.


  1. It’s ok for “Rev” Wright’s people to rely on religion and guns, but not for rednecks, huh?

    Comment by joe from Chi — April 12, 2008 @ 1:57 pm

  2. In addition to his children, Barack Obama was also baptized at Rev. Wright´s Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago:

    “Obama, 46, eventually joined Trinity and was baptized there.”

    Comment by Sally Frank — April 12, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

  3. This shows his hate or at least outright disrespect for two of our birthrights … choice of religion and actually having it as part of our lives, and guns … as in exercising the second amendment in owning firearms.

    People do not flock to our places of worship or own firearms because we are bitter. We exercise these birthrights because we have the right to … they are a part of the fabric of what it is to be American. They represent freedom Barry. Freedom.

    We do not need the Obamessiah and his gospel to save us, from our God or the protections that privately owned weapons afford us, with his brand of government which apparently seeks to weaken or nullify them. At the least, he does not understand the very basic principles of freedom.

    Comment by Benjamin9 — April 12, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

  4. I live in a small town in Pennsylvania. I love God, guns and small towns, so maybe I’m just bitter about industrial decline. The only problem with that analysis is that I got my PhD from Harvard three years after Barack Obama got his J.D. I make a comfortable living.

    Maybe I’m not smarter than Barack Obama, but he’s not smarter than me, either.

    Comment by bouncer — April 12, 2008 @ 3:08 pm

  5. This guy is a jackass.edwardo

    Comment by eddiejoyal — April 12, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  6. Great post. You said what I was thinking better than I could.

    Being from Texas, I’m quite familiar with stereotypes about rural areas (even though I am actually from a large city). I’ve seen the sneer that appears on a liberal’s face when they hear my accent often enough that I know exactly what they think about me.

    Well, I’m a’fixin’ to head out. There’s a turkey shoot goin’ on down to the feed store, and my pappy wants me to clean his ol’ 12-gauge for him.

    Comment by Mrs. Peel — April 12, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  7. Now Mrs Peel, don’t forget to take your bible. Hussein is watching you.

    Comment by Scrapiron — April 12, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

  8. Obama and his kin is finished in this here election. I bin to the field to do my shootin practice.

    Comment by Sandy C. — April 12, 2008 @ 4:57 pm

  9. Aside from Jeremiah Wright, there is another associate of Barack Obama that the candidate needs to explain if he hopes to become president. His name is William Ayers, and he is a Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His wife is Bernadine Dohrn, who teaches at Northwestern University. Both have been rather closely associated with Obama in recent years. Why should this be of concern? Both Ayers and Dohrn were members of the infamous Weather Underground (America’s first home-grown terrorist association) during the 1960s and 1980s.

    The Weather Underground was more than just a dissident group during the Viet Nam era. They participated in a wave of violence and bombings during that era. In March of 1970, Ayres, a member of the group, went underground after a bomb accidentally exploded in Greenwich Village (3-6-70), killing three Weather Underground members, including Ayer’s then-girlfriend. Ayers spent his years underground carrying out bombings of various locations including the Capitol Building, the Pentagon and the New York PD Hqs. As a fugitive, he had two children with Dohrn, who later became his wife. In 1981, they turned themselves in. Charges against Ayers were dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct during the years-long search for the fugitive.

    What is illuminating-and needs to be remembered-is that in September 2001, Ayres told the New York Times, “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t do enough”.

    So Ayres and Dohrn went on to careers in academia. They also developed a relationship with Barack Obama as they continued their left-wing activism-albeit within the legal system. Obama reportedly first met Ayres and Dohrn in 1995, when he was taken to their home to seek their support for his first run for political office in the state senate.

    Ayers has been since 1999 a board member of the Woods Fund of Chicago, a left-wing foundation that sponsors activist community organizing in Chicago. Barack Obama also served on that board from 1999-2002. It should be noted that in 2001, the Woods Fund gave a $40,000 grant to the Arab-American Action Network, followed by a $35,000 grant in 2002. This organization is headed by Mona Khalidi, the wife of Columbia University Professor, Rashid Khalidi. This man is an activist who supports terror against Israel and has worked for the PLO-including during the years when that organization was killing Americans. In 2005, Obama, Ayers and Dohrn gave testimonials at a farewell dinner for Khalidi.

    In addition, Obama and Ayres have served on panels together over the years including an activist conference in Chicago April 19-20 of 2002.

    This is not to suggest that Ayres and Dohrn are still involved in illegal activities, though it may be assumed that Ayres is unrepentent for his past. It might also be argued that one questionable association with someone who was involved in terroristic activity decades ago could be disregarded. The problem is that these questionable associations are starting to pile up. First Jeremiah Wright, then Ayers and Khalidi. Guilt by association? Yes, but it is cause for genuine concern.

    As usual, the mainstream media is ignoring this story. But don’t the American people have the right to at least be aware and consider this when they vote?

    gary fouse

    Comment by fouse, gary c — April 12, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

  10. I grew up in small town Colorado. My mother was an FDR democrat all of her life, as were her 4 sisters. Her brother, a rancher, loved guns and listened to Rush all day long. He taught B17 machine gunners in WW2. I, his nephew, carried a gun on the prairie when I was 10. My uncle died alone and dead broke, surrounded by his dogs. He never voted for a Democrat after Kennedy. My mother voted Republican only once, when her son(my brother), Harvard, Harvard Law, Cambridge U in England, went to work for a Republican administration in the OMB. What is the point? Obama is a liberal who sees people like they are automatons, following some Marxist DNA. Actually they are more complicated. I hope Mr Obama loses big time in November.

    Comment by mytralman — April 12, 2008 @ 5:12 pm

  11. So let me make sure I’ve got this correct. If I just vote for his Highness, I can then dump my family, my church, and my guns and I will never be bitter again nor will I ask for our immigration laws to be enforced. As a bonus, I can support free trade again. I think; I can never tell with this guy if I’m supposed to be for it or against it. If he would only tell me what to do………

    He doesn’t just want our votes, he wants us to think like him. In fact, he cannot understand why anyone would think any differently.

    Kind of makes him an asshole..

    Comment by MagicalPat — April 12, 2008 @ 8:16 pm

  12. The Obama argument about voting according to one’s alleged economic class and position appears similar to an argument that Thomas Frank made in “What’s the Matter With Kansas”? Oddly, they do not seem to notice that, to be consistent, they should argue against the politics of such as George Soros, and, presumably, the audience that Obama addressed in or near San Francisco a week ago. One can answer that Mr. Soros has many concerns that have nothing to do with his taxes or whatever government will do with his wealth, like expropriate it; but, as you correctly point out, many people of limited means have other concerns about society’s rule-making that have nothing to do with their economic situation and some question, as I do, whether the left’s policies will help them economically.

    Obama is a leftist; whatever brains he carried with him to law school got fried somewhere as he adopted a leftist political stance. One also recalls how Fidel Castro got a wet kiss from at least one and possibly more New York Times staffers before he became El Lider Maximo. History does not repeat exactly, but what’s happening now appears close enough to the politics of the recent past.

    Comment by Alfred J. Lemire — April 12, 2008 @ 9:43 pm

  13. So, the government is supposed to give us the kind of life that doesn’t cultivate bitterness, but the government invented AIDS (isn’t that what Wright said?) and I heard yesterday that a celebrity-whose-name-I’ve-forgotten said that the government invented hip-hop gangsta rap as a way to get blacks to kill each other so we’d never have a black president.

    You can’t have it both ways. Does having a monster government in control of your life save you from bitterness, or does it manipulate, oppress and attempt murder?

    Comment by Anne — April 14, 2008 @ 7:57 am

  14. The best part about hearing “new proposals” from Congress-persons in the majority party every Presidential election cycle is asking the obvious question ..

    If these folks are so f.ing smart, why the H E double hockey sticks haven’t they put their proposals on the docket already ? .. why do we have to wait until they get elected President ? Doesn’t out bitterness and frustration deserve action today, not some 9 months from now ? If their ideas are so great, doesn’t America deserve them today ?

    I can look into thomas.loc.gov and see that Obama hasn’t submitted bills to solve these problems. Shoot .. he and Hiliary are in the majority party of both chambers. So why the wait ?

    Do they think that we are that dense ?
    Yes, yes they do .. or perhaps Obama hasn’t found the in basket yet.

    Comment by Neo — April 15, 2008 @ 9:30 am

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