Monday, April 14, 2008
Thanks, Obama, for Recognizing My Bitterness
“It’s not surprising then that 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.” It's obvious to me what Obama meant with his "bitter" statement. He meant simply that when politicians of all stripes gain office by the subterfuge of claiming beliefs based on what polling shows and then deviate in one or more ways sharply from these claims, intelligent voters, bitter from the effects of such deceit, cling to single issues that mean the most to them as their forum of political expression. Consider Bush's 2000 claim that he would not engage in nation building as opposed to his effort to build the nation of Iraq. It's no wonder that voters have thrown up their hands in despair and resolve to gain some advancement in issues considered to be of importance. In other words, if change for the better cannot take place across the board, a promise implicit in the mouths of all politicians, voters tend to focus on issues of primary import to them as a method of salvage. At least get something out of it, the thinking goes. Obama's statement is not an arrogant statement, but one of fact and honors the intelligence of voters. My single issue is the impeachment of He Who would be King.