Obama In Darkest Pennsylvania

It was said

behind closed doors
to the chablis-and-brie set of
San Francisco, in response to a question as to why he
was not doing better in that benighted and barbarous
land they call Pennsylvania.

Dr. Schweitzer,
home from

to address the Royal Society on the customs
of the upper Zambezi, Barack described Pennsylvanians in
their native habitats of Altoona, Aliquippa, Johnstown
and McKeesport.

"You go into these

small towns

and … the jobs have been gone now for
25 years and nothing`s replaced them.

"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." [Read


This is the pitch-perfect Hollywood-Harvard
stereotype of the
white working class,
the caricature of the urban
ethnic—as seen from the San Francisco point of view.


Linus clung to his security blanket,
Barack is
saying, out-state Pennsylvanians, bitter at the world
that has passed them by, cling to their


and naturally revert to ancestral bigotries
against "people who aren`t like them"blacks,



Though he sees himself as a progressive who has risen
above prejudice, Barack was reflecting and pandering to
the prejudice of the class
to which he himself belongs,
and which he was then

A few months back,

Michelle Obama
revealed her

about America with the remark that,
"for the first time in my adult lifetime, I`m really
proud of my country."
Barack has now revealed
how he, too, sees the country. The Great Unifier divides
the nation into us and them.

The "us" are the privileged cosmopolitan elite

San Francisco
and his

Ivy League upbringing.
The "them" are the
folks in the

small towns

rural areas
of that other America. Toward these
folks, Obama`s attitude is not one of hostility, but of
paternalism. Because time has passed them by, Barack
believes, they cannot, in their frustration and
bitterness, be held fully accountable for their
atavistic beliefs and behavior.

Though neither mocking nor malicious, Barack`s
remarks are, nonetheless, steeped in condescension.
Inherent in his words is that these folks in Middle
Pennsylvania are in need of empathy, education,
assistance and perhaps therapy.

His remarks are of a piece with his
address on civil rights
that liberals have compared
favorably to Lincoln`s Second Inaugural.

Note, from that

Philadelphia address
, the highlighted words.

"Most working- and
middle-class white Americans don`t feel that they
have been particularly privileged by their race …
as far as they`re concerned,
no one`s handed them
anything. … They … feel their dreams slipping
away … opportunity comes to be seen as a zero
sum game, in which your dreams come at my expense.

"Anger over


affirmative action
helped forge the
Reagan Coalition
. Politicians routinely exploited

fears of crime
for their own electoral ends. Talk
show hosts and conservative commentators built entire
careers unmasking

bogus claims of racism
while dismissing
legitimate discussions of racial injustice and
as mere political correctness or reverse

In Barack`s mind, black anger and resentment at
"racial injustice and inequality"
But the

anger and resentment of white folks
, about
affirmative action, crime and

forced busing
are born of misperceptions—and of
"bogus claims of racism"
manipulated and exploited
by conservative columnists and commentators to keep the
racial pot boiling and retain power, so the right can
continue to do the bidding of the corporations that are
the real enemy.

Barack has stumbled into the eternal failing of the
left-wing populist. He cannot concede that the anger of
white America—that its right to

equal justice
has been sacrificed to salve the
consciences of

guilt-besotted liberals
—is a legitimate anger. The
truth that Barack dare not speak is that

reverse discrimination is pandemic
and that the
folks in Middle Pennsylvania have a valid grievance that
ought to be addressed.

So, Barack sought in Philadelphia to redirect their

"(T)hese white
resentments distracted attention from the real culprits
of the middle class squeeze—a corporate culture rife
with inside
, questionable

accounting practices
and short-term greed; a
Washington dominated by

and special interests; economic policies
that favor the

over the


Barack is not wrong here. Corporations, out of naked
greed, have

deserted America
. And the Clinton and Bush
administrations have been unresponsive to the

social impact of deindustrialization
. But Barack
cannot concede that

white Americans
are today`s


state-sanctioned racism

A gifted candidate, Barack, after stumbling for 48
hours, has regained his footing with his witty

about Hillary being "Annie

with her "six-shooter," spending her Sunday
mornings "out on the duck blind."

Obama`s remarks about small-town America told us
little about small-town America, but a lot about Barack.
He is yet another

cookie-cutter liberal
who has absorbed and
internalized the prejudices of that blinkered breed. He
is an African-American John Lindsay,

the great liberal hope
of the Nixon-Agnew era, of

Frank Manckiewicz
once said: He was the

only populist
he knew who played squash every day at
the Yale Club.



Patrick J. Buchanan


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