“Our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives,” he said. “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 going to regenerate and they have not.
“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.”
By now many of us know this statement. Obama made it during the Primary and it got pounced on and people in PA got all indignent and upset. Unfortunately despite the relative ease in finding the exact statement the people at Let Freedom Ring don’t seems to know how to read.
The “LetFreedomRingusa.com” people are running a TV ad using his statement as some kind of proof that Barack Obama doesn’t care about Pennsylvanians and showing people vowing to vote for McCain. These people feign insult by insinuating that Obama is attacking the 1st and 2nd Amendments to to the U.S. Constitution and suggesting he will pry those rights away from us.
Oddly, he does neither attacks nor suggests he will take away our relgious or gun rights in the actual statement. Apparently the Let Freedom Ring people think that their Freedom extends to making up things about a candidate they oppose and to “spin” the comments into tricking Pennsylvanians into believing Obama said something he didn’t actually say.
Fact is, Obama is correct. Have you been through some of the towns in PA (small or otherwise)? There are many good people in PA but there are a lot of intolerant people and not just in small towns. John’s videos on this sight are proof of the shamefully intolerant attitude of some Pennsylvanians.
Many people WERE left behind in the Clinton and Bush administrations and they have become disillusioned and a bit bitter. I’m sorry to say that but it’s true. But it’s true all over the country not just in PA. And truth, in PA or elsewhere, is still an absolute defense. But Obama didn’t say that we cling to our guns and religion. READ the actual statement, he said: “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 (remember Hazelton?) or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Therefore I call on the “Let Freedon Ring” people to tell the WHOLE truth and not follow the path of dirty politics, mis-direction and spin.