I guess Barack Obama hasn’t learned the lesson that honesty . . . when on the “stump”, when trying to become the nation’s next president . . . is NOT the best policy.

Here are the words Obama spoke at a small political gathering in Pennsylvania last week:

“But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there’s not evidence of that in their daily lives. 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. 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.

For this, Barack Obama has been directly compared to Karl Marx; Marx most famously spoke about religion being the opiate of the people — and, indeed it is. Life can be cruel and unfair and millions of people, not only in the “small towns” Obama targeted but in large, urban settings, have no other way to handle it. These people are in ‘pain’ and the source of the pain, their economic woes and a bleak future that seems endless, are too much for many people to handle without something to grasp onto.

So what do they turn to for comfort? Many turn to religion — to that ‘blind faith’ that has proven, time after time, to be the most powerful tool the human mind can conjure to combat the inequities of life. Many people, however, are inclined to reject the “quiet fight” of religious faith and instead harness their raw emotions; they allow their fear of the unknown and of uncertainty to take them down the road of hate — hate expressed, as Obama suggested, in their antipathy either toward those immigrants that they see as the cause of many economic woes, toward other races who they fear because of a lack of familiarity or toward the government and the government’s policies.

Obama’s political enemies have happily labeled Obama as an “elitist” since he spoke about the reality of bitterness but that is an obvious distortion. If anything Barack Obama’s “bitter” remark (as it’s being called in today’s news stories) shows that he may be the only candidate who can, at least occasionally, be trusted to say what he sees as the truth — as unpopular as it may be. True, the majority of the time he will engage in the same ‘politi-speak’ you hear from Clinton (either one) or McCain but Obama has his moments where he will speak from the heart. It’s up to us to listen during those moments and reject that automatic Democratic, Republican, Conservative or Liberal bias that will creep into our judgment as we listen — bias such as that makes you blind to reality and deaf to truth.

News Links:

US News and World Report: Obama’s “Bitter” Comment Halts His Momentum

NewsBusters: Obama Channels Marx on Masses’ Reverence for Religion

Blog Links:

The P.Cash Perspective: Andrew Sullivan on the Obama “Bitter” Controversy

Bald Eagle 08: The REAL reasons for the Obama “bitter” so-called “controversy”

Whymrhymer’s P.O.V. can also be found at the My View from the Center at the American Chronicle.

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