We’ve all said things that we’ve regretted. Sometimes they result from a mere slip of the tongue and sometimes they reveal deeply held beliefs that you’d rather not communicate to the world.
A few days ago, at a San Francisco fundraiser, Barack Obama described Americans who live in small towns or other areas that have experienced a loss of jobs as “bitter” people, adding that it didn’t surprise him that 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.”
These words are revealing on a number of levels, and expose the out-of-touch beliefs to which John McCain offers stark contrast. Today, John McCain offered a different account of small town America:
“During the Great Depression, with many millions of Americans out of work and the country suffering the worst economic crisis in our history, there rose from small towns, rural communities, inner cities, a generation of Americans who fought to save the world from despotism and mass murder, and came home to build the wealthiest, strongest and most generous nation on earth.
“They suffered the worst during the Depression, but it did not shake their faith in, and fidelity to, America. They did not turn to their religious faith and cultural traditions out of resentment and a feeling of powerlessness to affect the course of government or pursue prosperity. On the contrary, their faith had given generations of their families’ purpose and meaning, as it does today.”
These hard working men and women aren’t “bitter”. They love their country, their faith, their family and their traditions. They are the heart and soul of this country, the foundation of our strength and the primary authors of its essential goodness – Barack Obama should get to know them.
If Barack Obama is the Democrat nominee in the general election, the American people will have a clear choice between two different visions – Senator Obama’s liberal, elitist philosophy and John McCain’s faith in the small town values that continue to make America great. John McCain will not forget them or write them off. Neither should Barack Obama.
We are up against a large fundraising hurdle if Barack Obama is the nominee and we need your help now. Even before the general election begins, the differences are clear, we must do everything we can to make sure these beliefs don’t make it into the White House.”
– end quote. So said Rick Davis, campaign manager for Senator John McCain, in an eMail today.
In 2004, when I first went Searching for Zane Grey’s America and I found myself in Flagstaff Arizona, in a small old fashioned Diner, the style of place for which small town America is renown. And which I love. The true source of American beliefs. Sitting over blueberry pancakes, bacon, eggs and coffee, as is my way, I found myself chatting to those around me. This was 2004. I was not talking politics, I was not discussing Iraq, I simply asked them, including the staff, who was the Arizona State Senator. Not one person in that Diner knew. John McCain is their Senator. Seriously! I raise this issue because, like Senator Clinton and her husband Bill, John McCain is, today ragging on Senator Obama regarding his small town “Bitter” comment. I happen to think that the Junior Senator is bang on the money. To take the word “Bitter” out of context is the status quo’s way of doing the ‘dirty’ to stir the pot. Hilary and John, what a pair. Senator McCain is mired in the past, he is quoting John Steinbeck’s America, not Walter Moseley’s America. He is right about the beliefs that got America through the Depression, he is not right to apply that to America today. That was then, this is now. John McClain has a tendency to qoute the past, often.
Today, small town America is mired in Guns and Religion and as stated, much of the population of Middle America is mired in apathy towards Politics and the Government. There is enormous fear and uncertainty out there in Middle America. They need to cling to something. The Media is not what it was 80 years ago. It has fed the population with lies, deceit and sound bites that, like the Golden Arches, do not satisfy a growing hunger, a growing “Bitterness”. The present administration stirred those G&R Americans as a pretext for invading Iraq. They based their message on the age old banner of False Evidence Appearing Real.
In other words, to put it simply . . . F.E.A.R.
And then they had the balls to tell Middle America, while wrapped in their collective protective symbol, the Stars and Stripes, “Mission Accomplished”. John McCain was part of that lie, Hilary Clinton also bought into the lie.
The Junior Senator, Barack Obama, stood up for America, in not voting for War. That is the true face of heroism for me, to go against the status quo and tell it as it is seen.
Today we, not only America but the World, are paying the price, this is the source of the “Bitterness” that is mentioned, rightly I believe.
John McCain is out of touch with his constituents and out of touch with America. Thinkaboutit!