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  •  And Obama wanted to help those communities (18+ / 0-)

    The context of that reference to people clinging to guns and religion was that there are communities where people got hit hard by losing jobs in their towns twenty-five years ago, and have never seen anything improve—so they really don't expect anybody to help them.

    The remark about them being bitter and clinging to guns and religion was to say (rather ineptly) that they hold on to the parts of their culture that have the greatest meaning for them, because they don't see the good days with full employment and prosperity ever returning.

    So Barack Obama was trying to explain that there are challenges in trying to help these communities. There's the practical challenge of long-term job losses and economic decline, and there's the social aspect of people who really don't believe anyone can, or wants, to do anything for them.

    Sorry, that's a long-winded explanation of what I think he was getting at in those comments of his.

    But his bottom line, I believe, was that government should be trying to help communities like this.

    He wasn't declaring that they aren't going to vote for him, so they can drop dead, for all he cares. Exactly the opposite.

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