Sunday, April 13, 2008

BitterSweet

All the Lord's Day talky talky shows are all over it. A certain Senator who could become Pres once electile dysfunction climaxes in inauguration may have shot their own foot off pre Pennslyvania Presidential Primary by arguably dissing the very voters desired.

So how are Church going, gun toting, economically concerned Dems in Ben Franklyn Land taking it?

Pamela Lynn at Pam's Coffee Conversations handles it prob the best for all of Pennslyvania

"By now you've probably heard about Mayhill Fowler's post for The Huffington Post in which she references statements made by Senator Barack Obama during a recent fundraiser in San Francisco. Ms. Fowler quotes Senator Obama as saying:


"You go into some of 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," Obama said. "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 to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment
or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Senator Obama the Pennsylvanians who cling to their guns did so in the good years and in the bad. The Pennsylvanians who cling to their faith also did so in the good years and the bad.

Senator Obama you are correct in saying there the job market in Pennsylvania has drastically changed over the past 3 decades. Much of this economic decline can be traced back to the anti-union atmosphere fostered by the Reagan era.

And yes, Pennsylvanians have been waiting a very long time for US trade policy to give American workers a fair shake.

Of course, the decline of the American steel industry is just one factor in Pennsylvania economic struggle. My rural neighbors could certainly name many others.

Pennsylvanians aren't "bitter", they're mad as heck and not afraid to tell you that they're mad as heck.

But more than that, Pennsylvanians are disgusted with Washington and politicians that promise much and deliver little.

And by the way, we Pennsylvanians who cling to our religion do so because we know that NO politician has all the answers.

2 comments:

heidianne jackson said...

perfect.

Karen said...

So good, Courtney. I did a post about it today. He sure stepped in it, despite what the diehard supporters say.