America Runs From The Truth

If ever proof were needed that many in this country live in a world detached from reality, it is evidenced by the response of certain individuals and mainline media outlets to the remarks made recently by Barack Obama.

That a few simple truths were seized upon as a “political tempest”[1] surely is a backlash from those afraid to admit their bitterness is real, reinforced by media outlets preying on the fear and hopelessness of vulnerable human beings?

What, I wonder, fuels the vehement anti-immigration-ism, illogical demand for gun arsenals, and the “my-god-is-better-than-your-god” mindset so prevalent in small town America today? If it’s bitterness, it is often understandable, given the manner in which successive administrations have sucked away the hopes and dreams of so many Americans over the years.

If it’s not bitterness, it can only be ‘something in the air’.

Clinton supporters in Pennsylvania are bearing slogans reading, “I’m Not Bitter.”

How many of them, I wonder, are out of work, or disabled and trying to claim benefits, or barely getting by working two or sometimes three jobs?

None, is the likely answer.

For the first time – possibly, ever – America, you have a politician prepared to stand up and tell it as it is.

I guess that’s good reason enough to burn him at the stake of American hypocrisy.

[1] “Obama’s remarks give Clinton an opening”, Yahoo News, April 13th, 2008.

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7 Replies to “America Runs From The Truth”

  1. Yes, both McCain and Clinton called him an elitist and say he is out of touch with the common man (like any politician ever cared about the common man other than election time). We really should pick the smartest people we can find for the hardest jobs, not the ones that are the most average. McCain graduated second from the bottom of his class. Clinton might be intelligent, but she is so stupid to say things like she was under sniper fire or that she speaks to Eleanor Roosevelt.

  2. It’s just another indication of the inanity of the way we elect our leaders. The media need ‘product’, product being something people might talk about. Politicians who pander – Hillary and John – need product as well as they have very few reasonable ideas as to how to address our problems.

    Sadly, the “vehement anti-immigration-ism, illogical demand for gun arsenals, and the “my-god-is-better-than-your-god” mindset” is not restricted to small town America. I had dinner last night with 8 of the guys I grew up with in the last century. Most of them are convinced that the world would be better off if we chopped off the heads of all Muslims. And these are not stupid people, nor have they been living in a cocoon.

    I really doubt that Obama will be our next president. It will be a guy older than I am and who would sell his soul to become president. Of course, I’m assuming that he has a soul. A friend of mine moved to France when Bush was elected. Of course, the dollar was much stronger then. Where could I afford to move to now when the dollar is at a very low point?

  3. Truth hurts sometimes. It helps me cope with the people around here we are now seeing at the grocery store buying beans and rice and forgoing stuff like, oh, meat, fruits and vegetables. I just keep in mind these are the same people who will for the most part continue to vote for the “guns & god” party.

    Recession is hitting very hard down my way and we don’t even need a newscast to tell us, we’re seeing it live.

  4. RJ – Elitism is one of my pet hates. I see it in Barack Obama.
    I’ve written a little in my blog today on my view of the Obama foot-in-mouth syndrome which seems to recur when he is unprepared, or when he thinks the great unwashed aren’t listening.

    In the UK I enthusiastically supported Old Labour – that is now my yardstick. I see Hillary Clinton as the nearest approach (Dennis Kucinich was, but nobody would give him the time of day – he wasn’t elitist enough for the latte drinkers!)

    It’s odd that the Democratic party is clearly divided – there really should be two parties catering to the left.

    I wonder what Harold Wilson would say, or Neil Kinnock, or M.ichael Foot, or Tony Benn (the one most entitled to be elitist and he gave up his title).

    But I suppose it’s not possible to compare these lovely men witb american politicians and come to any realistic conclusion.
    🙁

  5. Flimsy – anyone who isn’t able to identify the Clintons or McCains as elitist, only deserves a president who will covert the rich and kick the poor. Clinton was plain idiotic to make up stories about her fictitious heroism in Bosnia. That, and her equally imaginary part in the Anglo-Irish peace agreement, killed off any desire to see her in the Oval Office, so far as I was concerned. Her chats with Eleanor Roosevelt, I don’t have a problem with. She has denied it was more than imaginary conversations, though frankly I’d rather see a ‘spiritualist’ as president than the hypocrite “christians” that usually end up there.

    Al – I sympathize. To eat dinner with old friends only to find their political views so narrow and constricted must have been uncomfortable, to say the least. I agree the mindset is widespread throughout this country. Years of political indoctrination – the warping of beliefs over what constitutes ‘freedoms’; being hammered unremittingly by the media stressing US superiority over the rest of the world, and strict emphasis on nationalism (in the guise of patriotism) and competition, all combine to produce a populace (in the main) with attitudes of superiority and egotism. Any attempt to change those views results in immediate backlash. We see it over gun control, taxation, and most noticeably after 9/11, when I believe that mindset was fostered and manipulated to achieve the political aim of war with a nation known to have no part in the 9/11 attacks.

    I’m inclined to agree with you that McCain will be the next president. I believe it will be achieved by fixing the ballot. I’ll also stick my neck out and suggest that if Obama gets too close to winning, he’ll be assassinated.

    Seldom have I wished to be more wrong.

    As for living elsewhere; we’re trapped. My wife and I have discussed moving back to Britain, but in real terms the low value of the dollar means halving our income and savings to do so. Eastern Europe might be feasible, but I’m too damn old to start learning Bulgarian!

    NYM – the effects of recession are still not showing up much in Central Illinois. Being in the corn-producing center of America makes it somewhat recession-proof, I guess.

    It would appear to be an essential part of the human psyche to continue habits known to be bad, whether smoking, drinking, eating to excess, or voting-in the same politicians who’ve kicked you in the goolies for years.

    Twilight – I took the opportunity to read your POST before responding to your comment above.

    Goodness! You mustn’t mention British communist socialist politicians in America. They’ll brand you a “Red Twilight”. 😉

    Seriously, two matters: when I see the Obama family together, I get a warm feeling inside. They radiate that true family closeness held up as the epitome of values in this country, and it doesn’t appear false. On viewing the Clintons, my stomach heaves like I’ve eaten way too much icing off the cake. To me, they typify the rise of the wealthy climbing over the backs of the poor.

    The heart of elitism in this country is Washington. Both the Clintons and McCains are Washington elite. This is a fact. There is no getting away from it. Obama is not Washington elite. That’s not to suggest he won’t eventually become one, but he isn’t now. So, how you can suggest he is more elite than the others, is beyond my comprehension.

    Second point: I’m not aware of any foot-in-mouth gaffs by Obama. He tells the truth. If the right-wing media and the Clinton campaign didn’t pick up on, often, individual words and spin them negatively for all they were worth, Americans wouldn’t notice these so-called gaffs. They’ve made more fuss over Obama’s use of the word ‘bitter’, than they ever did over McCain telling the world Shia Iran was arming Sunni al Qaeda.

    It’s a sad state of affairs in any nation when the media, not the people, controls the election.

  6. It’s a very peculiar thing going on in this country just now, RJ. It’s as though different people are watching different versions of the same story – I think there have been movies with plots along the same lines.

    I’m pretty sure you are a level-headed, talented and intelligent person, and I can claim to have 2 out of 3 of those qualities my self – and yet we see things so differently. We hail from similar backgrounds I suspect – north of England, no nonsense families, not given to paranoia or hyperbole, left rather than right-leaning politically.

    Yet I am seeing things in exactly the opposite way from your views.

    Very, very peculiar! I cannot convince myself that I’m mistaken. Just two ways of looking at the same thing – like one of those optical illusion graphics, I guess.

    we shall agree to disagree. 🙂

  7. Twilight – we will indeed agree to disagree, and like the stolid, Anglo-Saxon, Brits that we are, we’ll soberly respect each others opinions. 😉

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