"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 nothings replaced them. 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."So, religion and guns are the result of job losses. Stupid small-town Americans cling to them as if they are fool hardy in doing so. We know that Barack believes in gun control. Maybe we should control religion, too. Is that what he is saying?
Maybe, small town America does have guns. They probably had them long before the steel mills were closed, Mr. Obama! They use them to hunt and as a form of recreation. They don't use them as some cowardly method for the drive-by killing of each other as you see in some other places in America. And, yes, they go to Church; but, they generally do it as a "complete" family unit. And, they believe in the good and in love of their neighbors. The church services are filled with messages of love and not hate for other races, religions, or our government. It is their faith that gets them through hard times. Religion is a belief system and a family thing. It isn't an activity that is reserved for the women and children of a busted family unit because the men are in jail, selling drugs, pimping, or just plain out of the picture because they don't want to be bothered with kids and a woman. How's that for stereotyping and typifying some Americans, Mr. Obama! I think it is flat wrong for me to do it; and, it is flat wrong for "you" to make those kind of broad-based comments, too!
It should be noted that Mr. Obama has had a chance to retract or clarify his comments. However, as of this morning, he has personally said that he stands by his inflamatory words.
UPDATE: In order to soften Mr. Obama's words, the Mr. Obama (himself), his campaign, and the left wing press are all focusing on the fact as to whether of not the voters of small town Pennsylvania are "bitter" about losing their jobs. In doing so, they are attempting to sidestep the comments by Barack Obama that were the most inflammatory; that is, that they "cling" to "religion" and "guns" as if they were the behaviors of disparate people. Further, this equation of "guns" and "religion" imply that both are bad things. This is a belief that "some" on the extreme left believe. It is an arrogance that we see with the likes of John Edwards, Al Gore, and John Kerry. While probably too late, Hillary Clinton has real leg up on this issue over Mr. Obama.