They call this the "silly season" in politics, and I'm starting to see why.
The current dustup is ludicrous, in my opinion. I actually get what Obama was trying to say about people becoming bitter over their situations and clinging to what they find important in their day-to-day lives. I definitely think he worded it poorly, and he was the first to admit that, but what he's trying to say is that people have lost faith in their government, and no longer believe that those in charge listen to them. So they circle the wagons and rely on the things that have always been a comfort to them. The last thing someone wants to do when they are faced with economic hardship is step outside their comfort zone. To call Obama an "elitist" for making these remarks is a major misrepresentation and an attempt to exploit such fears in those that are hurting economically. My pal Lisa has said in her private journal that things are getting rough in her area, and it's getting harder and harder for people to make it. This is reality, and painting Obama as an "elitist" is disingenuous at best.
I don't for a moment believe that Obama doesn't care about what is going on, and I don't believe that he's an "elitist." (Where exactly is that coming from, anyway? Is it because he is intelligent, articulate, and talks "good"?) I think he understands the feelings of disenfranchisement among the majority of people in the country, the feeling that no one is listening. He worked on the South side of Chicago, so I don't believe for a moment that he is removed from the reality of the hardships that people go through, and that those hardships are getting worse.
The other issue in the past couple of days is guns. Do ya feel lucky, punk?
I find it interesting (although there are other words that spring to mind) that after years of espousing a strong stance on gun control, Senator Clinton is now talking about how her daddy taught her to shoot, and how she once shot a duck in Arkansas. And oddly enough, a bit of a twang creeps into her voice when she talks about this.
I support our right to bear arms. I'm a gun owner myself, have been for years, and my Dad really did teach me to shoot when I was in junior high. But I have no problem with tougher gun laws designed to go after those who commit crimes with guns or sell them illegally. No one is saying that anyone's guns are going to be taken away, but I find it incredibly silly that Senator Clinton is now talking about what a gun aficionado she is.
And while we're at it, let's all toss back a shot! Over the teeth and through the gums...look out America, here it comes!