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by baldilocks

Remem­ber the 2008 “Bit­ter Clinger” saga? Per­haps you don’t.

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Back when most peo­ple were still giv­ing Barack H. Obama the ben­e­fit of the doubt and still think­ing “wouldn’t it be cool to have a black pres­i­dent,” he was drop­ping huge clues left and right as to his atti­tude toward the bulk of the Amer­i­can peo­ple and to the val­ues which most of us hold dear. Unfor­tu­nately, many of us refused to hear the plan con­tempt issu­ing right from his lips. It was pretty plain to me; and I did tell you so. (The words in ital­ics are mine.)

Mickey Kaus and many oth­ers are still try­ing to make sense of Barack Obama’s defense of the fol­low­ing remarks.

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 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.

And it’s not sur­pris­ing then they get bit­ter, they cling to guns or reli­gion or antipa­thy toward peo­ple who aren’t like them or anti-​immigrant [sic] sen­ti­ment or anti-​trade sen­ti­ment as a way to explain their frustrations.

(Empha­sis mine.)

Says Kaus:

It lumps together things Obama wants us to think he thinks are good (reli­gion) with things he undoubt­edly thinks are bad (racism, anti-​immigrant sen­ti­ment). I sup­pose it’s log­i­cally pos­si­ble to say ‘these Penn­syl­va­nia vot­ers are so bit­ter and frus­trated that they cling to both good things and bad things,.” but the impli­ca­tion is that these are all things he thinks are unfor­tu­nate and need explain­ing (because, his con­text sug­gests, they pre­vent vot­ers from doing the right thing and vot­ing for … him).

Yes­ter­day at the CNN “Com­pas­sion Forum” Obama said he wasn’t dis­parag­ing reli­gion because he meant peo­ple “cling” to it in a good way! Would that be the same way they “cling” to “antipa­thy to peo­ple who aren’t like them” – the very next phrase Obama uttered? Is racism one of those “tra­di­tions that are passed on from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion” that “sus­tains us”? Obama’s unfor­tu­nate par­al­lelism makes it hard for him to extri­cate him from the charge that he was diss­ing rural Penn­syl­va­ni­ans’ excess religiosity.

If you think about it, the fact that Obama lumped the per­ceived reli­gion of the white, rural Penn­syl­van­ian with “antipa­thy toward those not like them” – that is, racism, big­otry and anti-​immigration (sic) – makes per­fect sense. The lat­ter is bad and so is the for­mer—if one is observ­ing from the per­spec­tive of Black Lib­er­a­tion The­ol­ogy.

In Obama’s mind, the reli­gion clung to by the “aver­age poor white Penn­syl­van­ian” is BLT’s demonic “white” Church. The “white” Church is the tool of oppres­sion for all — includ­ing poor whites — and should be shaken off just like other social mal­adies. Just like anti-​immigration (sic) and racism. One will note that, in the defense of the ear­lier remarks, Obama still does not say any­thing objec­tively pos­i­tive about the reli­gion adhered to by the aver­age rural white Penn­syl­van­ian. What he actu­ally says is that gov­ern­ment should answer their prayers.

But what is absolutely true is that peo­ple don’t feel like they are being lis­tened to.

And so they pray and they count on each other and they count on their fam­i­lies. You know this in your own lives, and what we need is a gov­ern­ment that is actu­ally pay­ing atten­tion [to their prayers!]. Gov­ern­ment that is fight­ing for work­ing peo­ple day in and day out mak­ing sure that we are try­ing to allow them to live out the Amer­i­can dream.

Never for­get where this guy is com­ing from.

Observ­ing the Obama-​lead gov­ern­ment action and inac­tion with crises which have occurred just in the last year, one can con­clude that the Obama-​lead gov­ern­ment does indeed answer prayer – the prayers of America’s enemies.

I’m bitter…and clinging.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2014.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

Remember the 2008 “Bitter Clinger” saga? Perhaps you don’t.

image

Back when most people were still giving Barack H. Obama the benefit of the doubt and still thinking “wouldn’t it be cool to have a black president,” he was dropping huge clues left and right as to his attitude toward the bulk of the American people and to the values which most of us hold dear. Unfortunately, many of us refused to hear the plan contempt issuing right from his lips. It was pretty plain to me; and I did tell you so. (The words in italics are mine.)

Mickey Kaus and many others are still trying to make sense of Barack Obama’s defense of the following remarks.

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 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.

And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant [sic] sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

(Emphasis mine.)

Says Kaus:

It lumps together things Obama wants us to think he thinks are good (religion) with things he undoubtedly thinks are bad (racism, anti-immigrant sentiment). I suppose it’s logically possible to say ‘these Pennsylvania voters are so bitter and frustrated that they cling to both good things and bad things,.” but the implication is that these are all things he thinks are unfortunate and need explaining (because, his context suggests, they prevent voters from doing the right thing and voting for … him).

Yesterday at the CNN “Compassion Forum” Obama said he wasn’t disparaging religion because he meant people “cling” to it in a good way! Would that be the same way they “cling” to “antipathy to people who aren’t like them”–the very next phrase Obama uttered? Is racism one of those “traditions that are passed on from generation to generation” that “sustains us”? Obama’s unfortunate parallelism makes it hard for him to extricate him from the charge that he was dissing rural Pennsylvanians’ excess religiosity.

If you think about it, the fact that Obama lumped the perceived religion of the white, rural Pennsylvanian with “antipathy toward those not like them”–that is, racism, bigotry and anti-immigration (sic)–makes perfect sense. The latter is bad and so is the former—if one is observing from the perspective of Black Liberation Theology.

In Obama’s mind, the religion clung to by the “average poor white Pennsylvanian” is BLT’s demonic “white” Church. The “white” Church is the tool of oppression for all—including poor whites—and should be shaken off just like other social maladies. Just like anti-immigration (sic) and racism. One will note that, in the defense of the earlier remarks, Obama still does not say anything objectively positive about the religion adhered to by the average rural white Pennsylvanian. What he actually says is that government should answer their prayers.

But what is absolutely true is that people don’t feel like they are being listened to.

And so they pray and they count on each other and they count on their families. You know this in your own lives, and what we need is a government that is actually paying attention [to their prayers!]. Government that is fighting for working people day in and day out making sure that we are trying to allow them to live out the American dream.

Never forget where this guy is coming from.

Observing the Obama-lead government action and inaction with crises which have occurred just in the last year, one can conclude that the Obama-lead government does indeed answer prayer–the prayers of America’s enemies.

I’m bitter…and clinging.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her second novel, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2014.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or contribute to Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>baldilocks