Saturday, April 12, 2008

Getting to the Heart of "Bitter"

Bitter?.... watching our best and brightest secreted home from Iraq in coffins in the "dark of sight".... watching our government give tax breaks to companies shipping our jobs overseas and bailing out usurious investment banks while letting mortgage holders go under....

Watching our infrastructure crumble as we pour hundreds of billions into the oil-rich Middle East as costs for home heating fuel and at the gas pumps soar.... watching as our economy collapses under the weight of reckless government spending while pushing through tax breaks for the rich as besieged workers lose their jobs, their pensions and their health care.

You bet there's bitterness!... but Barack Obama is being tag-teamed by the "$100 million gal" Hillary Clinton and "100 years in Iraq" John McCain for stating truth to their good-ol'-boy "give them cake" mentality, a mentality they are trying to enshrine once again by killing the messenger who dares challenge their power-centric status quo.

Obama's message: "our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there's not evidence of that in their daily lives. 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."

He later explained, "I didn't say it as well as I should have because the truth is that these traditions that sustain us from generation to generation are important."

The GOP rushed to pounce on the remarks as "an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking." McCain's campaign went so far as to accuse Obama of thinking "he knows your hopes and fears better than you do. You can't be more out of touch than this." (WaPo)

Obama's campaign took up the challenge, "if John McCain wants a debate about who's out of touch with the American people, we can start by talking about the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans that he once said offended his conscience but now wants to make permanent."

After Obama stood his ground and defended his remarks the Clinton campaign piled on... "Instead of apologizing for offending small town America, Senator Obama chose to repeat and embrace the comments he made earlier this week. It's unfortunate that Senator Obama didn't say he was sorry for what he said." Guess raising the curtain for a peek at the Clinton administration failures upset the Billary wizard.

With complicit negative media saturation, Obama is reaping the swiftboat-whirlwind for giving voice to the frustrations of the American people, and yes, the bitterness of many.

It's not that Obama is out of touch, it's that he's touched a nerve.

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