13 April 2008

More From the Mouth of Obama

I couldn’t let the whole weekend go by without commenting on the growing strangeness that is Senator Obama’s self-declared beliefs. Not long ago the electorate learned of his long-term, deeply felt relationship with Jeremiah Wright. Then there was an off-hand comment about not wanting his daughter “punished with a baby” if she were to get pregnant as a teenager.

Now comes comments from Sen. Obama about bitter voters in Pennsylvania. Per an AP report:

The Huffington Post Web site reported Friday that Obama, speaking of some Pennsylvanians' economic anxieties, told supporters at the San Francisco fundraiser: "You go into 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 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."

What I find interesting here is not what others have called Mr. Obama’s condescending and elitist tone. What is interesting is his belief that the root cause of views he apparently doesn’t support is economic. One could reason, based on Mr. Obama’s statement, that if certain jobs had not be “gone now for 25 years” in Pennsylvania – or anywhere – that residents would not “cling” to ideas like the right to bear arms and religious conviction; they would not be single-issue voters.

Because, it seems, that everything has an economic root cause for the politician Obama, the electorate can reasonably expect him to attempt to change the economic workings of the US so that the economic root causes are alleviated. This almost certainly means economic redistribution, more restrictive trade policies and bigger government.

What Mr. Obama misses is that people have deep seated feelings about the right to bear arms, religion, and immigration and trade policy because they think about them a great deal. Voters don’t “cling” to these issues; they have concerns about these issues regularly. The issues themselves are important.

Perhaps it is easier and politically safer for candidate Obama to put all of these potentially explosive issues under an economic umbrella. Perhaps this is because the last time Mr. Obama discussed hot-button issues – religious belief and race relations – his true beliefs were shown to be more than unpalatable to the general public. Given the latest dose of the inner Obama, I wouldn’t be surprised or unhappy if he dropped even further in the electorate’s estimation. I’m not saying that he’s a bad or evil man. What I am saying is that, based on his beliefs, as far as I can decipher them, he should not be president of the United States.

Post Script: For an excellent take on the Obama verbal two-step, here's a Victor Davis Hansen artcile worth reading.


chan said...

Of course, people can't have guns, religion or believe in enforcing immigration laws for good, rational reasons. You see, those types of people are CRAAAZZZYY and must be taken care of by an enlightened leader such as myself.

And I think the anti-trade thing is funny. Who was it that was talking about renegotiating NAFTA?

Yeah, I've heard all this before. It's one of the reasons I own guns.

Bob M. said...

Rationality?!? I think you've been up at altitude for too long there, Chan. You'd better not go shooting with those loony thoughts of yours running around in your head. You might hurt someone!

And yes, it is rather odd that Obama is ready to call a redo on NAFTA, torpedo the Colombian free trade agreement (along with the standard slew of Dems)...and yet says that those who fight against free trade are "bitter". And that makes him what, exactly?