Maybe I’m crazy from the heat out here in Sin City, but I can’t help but comment on Barack Obama’s recent statement on smaller towns that he’ll spend the next two weeks clarifying, as he’s already started doing:
Referring to working-class voters in old industrial towns decimated by job losses, the presidential hopeful said: “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.”
First off, people are religious for reasons that have nothing to do with politicians or their policies — a fact that tends to drive some politicians nuts (incidentally, what was Obama clinging to while attending the Reverend Wright’s church?).
Secondly, honest people cling to guns partly because of the possibility that a power-wielding politician will come along who may think they’re clinging to the wrong religion — or any religion for that matter.
Third, most gun violence is not in small towns — even formerly industrial ones — it’s in large urban areas where self-proclaimed political saviours like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, et al, have applied their solutions to problems — “solutions” that have failed miserably, time and time again.
An expressed fear God and guns almost always comes from people who strive to be the reason you don’t need either. This is all the more reason to cling to both.