The Skunk and Tiger

"Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge."-Horace Mann

Monday, April 14, 2008


But the truth is, is that, 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. So it's not surprising then that 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.

This is the latest Obama quote that Hillary Clinton and McCain are trying to use to boost their campaign. Is anyone suppose to be offended by what Barack said? There is nothing outrageous or "elitist" here. In fact I could not agree more. I m quickly losing any respect I had for the Clintons, it is shameful the way they are running on these republican type mudslinging tricks. Bush ran against Gore and Kerry with this same type of anti-intellectual, lets get the angry white man all excited about bullshit wedge issues, rhetoric. I expect more from a democrat. What would have benefitted Hillary is if she would have used this opportunity to talk about how 25 years of Reaganomics and neo-conservative driven corporate welfare has all but destroyed the working class and is quickly ending the middle class. A good book to read about the whole issue Obama is talking about is Thomas Frank's What's the Matter with Kansas Its time to get real about the "bitterness" of the angry white man and his angry white family. I am talking about the people who believe who feel they have no power over their own government and misdirect their anger at intellectuals, gays, minorities, migrant works, or whoever Fox News, the NRA, or the Christian Broadcasting Networks tells them they should be angry at. The anger and frustration needs to be placed on the policies and laws that have been sponsored and by multi-national corporations and do not invest in the welfare of the commons.


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