You know why we can’t ever get anything accomplished in this idiot country? Because we can’t ever admit there’s a problem. If a car carrying presidential candidates ever got a flat tire, they would all be expected to stand around praising the other three tires for not going flat, and if anyone mentioned the flat one he’d be expected to immediately apologize and be ashamed for insulting it and the fine Americans who made it.
The latest intellectual insult in the moron parade that passes for a presidential election is Obama being chastised for his remarks that folks in blue-collar towns are bitter.
In remarks first reported on the Huffington Post Web site, Obama 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,” he went on. “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.”
Instead of anyone actually addressing whether or not Obama’s remarks might be — I don’t know, true? — we have to all feign shock and outrage that he would dare to deride true Americans like that. Never mind that these people ARE bitter, or at least should be. Never mind that neither party HAS done anything for them. To suggest that they’re anything but cheery and optimistic is a slap in the face to America. It shows Obama as ELITIST, which is always an amusing tag coming from the wealthy white males who are usually pasting someone with it.
Our process for selecting a leader of America, the most important job in one of the most important countries in the world consists largely of letting them talk about whatever they want to and then sifting through the words to see if there’s something in them we can play gotcha! with. No matter how trivial the perceived insult is, we’ll hold it up, shriek our concern, and then await the candidate’s apology. Whoever delivers the best apologies gets the most points.
At first Obama seemed like he was going to not play along, but sadly, he’s succumbed.
“I didn’t say it as well as I should have,” Obama admitted in Muncie, Indiana, on Saturday, the day after he first defended his comments, “because the truth is that these traditions that are passed on from generation to generation — those are important.”
Most Americans not only have no idea where any of the candidates stand on any particular issue, they have no idea what the potential issues they should be looking at are. Not that most of them would give a damn anyway. The fact that our major newspapers are covering this “gaffe” in such detail is appalling. That this is what counts as political coverage, as information important to selecting our leader. It’s worse even than American Idol foolishness, because at least there the contestants are actually expected to demonstrate they can sing.
I don’t know how campaigns work in other countries, but until Americans get their heads out of their asses and realize that this is no way to choose the President, we’re going to continue to get the same clowns and morons we’ve been getting. It’s not going to happen soon, though. Come November, we’re going to get exactly the President this country of proud idiots deserves.