Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Obama's Beautiful Blunder

So by now you've read it, had it parsed, sliced, diced, julienned, and rehashed a hundred times over. But for the sake of discussion, here's his famous quote in all its smug, out-of-touch, elitistsnobbish glory (as quoted by Tim Blair):
"They get bitter," said Obama of the poor people, to an audience of millionaires, "and they cling to guns, or religion, or antipathy toward people who aren't like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
From all that I've read about this infamous quote, nobody has really taken it to task for its utter lack of significance, at least in parts.

Let's take it in parts, since the "or" implies that each constituent component of this litany of redneck-isms may be treated individually. From the very start: "They get bitter, and they cling to guns... as a way to explain their frustrations." Just what is this supposed to mean? Guns... explain their frustrations? Huh?

Next we have "They get bitter, and they cling to ...religion... as a way to explain their frustrations." I think this is the component that has produced the most furor, so I'll just say what's already been said: maybe some people actually, you know, already have faith and don't need an excuse of joblessness to turn to it. Just maybe (although I think this quote says it all).

Following that, "They get bitter, and they cling to ...antipathy toward people who aren't like them... as a way to explain their frustrations." Ok, this is the least disease-ridden fly on Barack Hussein Obama's massive turd. I'll grant him at least that racism is a bad thing. Do people become racist when they lose their jobs, though? Somehow, I don't think so, unless you couple that with the following "anti-immigration" statement, and then it's only racism directed toward immigrant laborers -- and considering Obama's racial focus as The Black Candidate, I think that's unlikely. Racism is a learned behavior, and then most often learned in childhood, not after a bitter job loss. And if the "people that aren't like them" are, say, Islamic radicals, then maybe, just maybe, it has more to do with the chopping-of-the-heads, and less to do with their current unemployment.

Then we have "They get bitter, and they cling to ...anti-immigrant sentiment... as a way to explain their frustrations." I won't say more than has already been said here except to point out that, by and large, it's the anti-illegal-immigrant sentiment that is really being discussed here. Why is that word always omitted? Can it be that it might somehow diminish their arguments to state them truthfully?

Finally, "They get bitter, and they cling to ...anti-trade sentiment... as a way to explain their frustrations." Wait, what? According to my sources, Barack Hussein Obama is currently *shakes Magic 8-Ball* FOR protectionist measures. Maybe he's cycled back into free trade this week? Has he laid off another advisor to account for this? Seriously, if Mr. Hussein Obama were a principled free-trade advocate, he'd at least have a strong point here. But we know that he's not, so, down to the last point, he's speaking pure gibberish.



Anonymous Marty said...

Very good, Ben. Andrew Ferguson, as well as delving into other steamy piles from the Obabma Phrase Book, recently made an attempt to figure out if Barack Obama made sense in French. Pretty funny.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

Funny if a bit too pomo for my taste. I actually think "We are the ones we have been waiting for" makes perfect since in a very narcissistic way: We've been waiting for someone to come along and make everything nice and perfect, and it turns out that WE are the ones who have the power to do that!" Typical liberal glurge, but not without meaning.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Marty said...

Yeah. I thought French was supposed to such an expressive language, and their philosophers are pretty good at spinning out nonsense. So I'da thought this would be a piece of cake. Turns out they need to learn English after all. Notify the Académie française!

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, let me say that I and my fellow masses need our various opiates, especially faith, but guns are fun too.

Second, I have been fired shortly after a series of members of certain foreign nationality were hired at my level.

Third, it sounds as if we vote based on social issues, we are not intelligent enough to vote. If we don't vote based on the issues that he thinks are important, we do not have what it takes to be a free and voting citizen. It places the lotion in the basket.

Come the revolution, the proletariate will rise up. All animals are equal, but Obama is more equal. Etc...

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Out of curiosity, I checked Cafe Press, and some enterprising people are making T-Shirts that say: "Another bitter, gun-toting, Jesus freak for Obama"

9:48 PM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

Sam, you're starting to worry me. Let me know if you start singing your guns to sleep at night and I'll call for help.

Chris -- I prefer the "Republicans for Voldemort" bumper sticker in terms of embracing Lefty reprobation. I know they (the Lefties who put that on their car) think that's just the most wicked-awesome jab at Republicans, but hey, maybe we could USE a tough, no-nonsense, meritocratic, not-afraid-to-use-power sort of guy like that who bucks the trend and sticks it to the bureaucracy down at the Ministry of Magic!

But yeah, that'd be a good logo to have too.

7:46 AM  

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