What Pennsylvania Taught Our Children Last Night

My daughter is four years old so the most sophisticated comment she can make about the current Democratic primary race is, “did Obama win?” In a few years she will be able to understand more of what goes on in these races and I wonder what lessons she will take from their outcome.

Let’s look at the just concluded Pennsylvania primary.

Candidate A:

  1. Said that her Christian opponent was not a Muslim “as far as I know.”
  2. Agreed to the “rules of the game” when primary season began but now wishes to change the rules in any way that will win her victory.
  3. Has executive judgement that prompts her to hire a lead strategist who would engage in business practices that boldly contradict her stated platform. Rather than outright fire said strategist, she essentially demotes him and his poisonous influence can still be felt in her campaign.
  4. Years ago advised her then President husband that his response to unenthusiastic working class voters should be “screw ’em”.
  5. Totally fabricated a story about being under “sniper fire” during a visit to Bosnia thereby trivializing every man and woman currently risking their lives in a war that should never have been authorized, a war she voted to approve.

Candidate B:

  1. Put aside politics as usual and refused to denounce a reverend respected in the religious community who made controversial comments that are protected by our most sacred doctrine, freedom of speech.
  2. Attempted to bring his country together and put his reverend’s comments in context by delivering the most important speech on race relations since Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech more than 40 years ago.
  3. Had the guts to tell an audience of supporters that the way Republicans win elections is to use wedge issues like gun control, religion, and immigration to distract voters from the real issues that affect their daily lives. He told his supporters that it was not sufficient to throw the usual talking points at these voters. These voters were falling for the Republican okeydoke because they had given up on anyone in Washington helping them with real issues like health care, employment and rising costs. They needed to know that they were being heard and understood.
  4. Consistently takes the high road in his campaign, most recently passing up an opportunity to rub his opponent’s nose in her own deceit during a presidential debate.

So, to whom did Pennsylvania give a 10 point margin of victory? Candidate A. What lessons did they teach our children last night?

  1. Lying is ok if you just call it a “misstatement”.
  2. Rules are for losers. To win, you have to make the rules fit your situation.
  3. One great way to win is to insinuate falsehoods about your opponent.
  4. Say whatever pleases your audience at the moment. You may get called on it but there will be no lasting consequences.

I can only hope that the good people of Guam, North Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia, Oregon, Kentucky, South Dakota, Puerto Rico and Montana think about what they are teaching their children before they go to the polls.

Respectfully,
Rutherford

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8 thoughts on “What Pennsylvania Taught Our Children Last Night

  1. Isn’t it ironic what you hear if you have a little different outlook?

    Candidate B:

    Put aside politics as usual and refused to denounce a reverend respected in the religious community who made controversial comments that are protected by our most sacred doctrine, freedom of speech.

    Attempt to cover up for a blatant racist and hypocrite who recently moved into a 10,000 ft. square foot home on the back of his church, all the while accusing the same folk in the reverend’s new home addition of creating HIV to destroy “people of color.” Thinks it appropriate to preach God Damn America the week of 3,000 innocents being slaughtered. In addition has continually taken his two young daughters to the same racist church showing a complete lack of both character and judgment.

    Attempted to bring his country together and put his reverend’s comments in context by delivering the most important speech on race relations since Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech more than 40 years ago.

    Refused to disavow a rampant racist and had the unmitigated gall to compare his white grandmother who raised him to a blatant racist, pimp and liar. Again shows a complete lack of judgment and character.

    Had the guts to tell an audience of supporters that the way Republicans win elections is to use wedge issues like gun control, religion, and immigration to distract voters from the real issues that affect their daily lives. He told his supporters that it was not sufficient to throw the usual talking points at these voters. These voters were falling for the Republican okeydoke because they had given up on anyone in Washington helping them with real issues like health care, employment and rising costs. They needed to know that they were being heard and understood.

    Accuses Republicans of using wedge issues from the very same new black panther candidate for change that has used religion, abortion, war, economics, and race (and lied about all) as wedge issues. While campaigning in San Francisco, forgets that the internet now exists by referring to small town America as idiots, racists and underachievers while being filmed. Shows a complete lack of judgment and character.

    Consistently takes the high road in his campaign, most recently passing up an opportunity to rub his opponent’s nose in her own deceit during a presidential debate.

    I can still taste the bile. Has affiliated and/or taken campaign contributions from terrorists, slum lords, American haters, racists, military loathers, and small town America while looking down his nose…Has a wife that says she has never been proud to be American until now. Need I say it again?

    2008 For Change! Never thought Hillary Rotten could look like the more honest and good one until now. Will never say never again…

  2. Wow, Tex. I’ve included your comment because I believe in freedom of speech and dissenting views but I sure would love for you to give me directions to the bar where you bought all that anti-Obama koolaid.

    I think, in most cases, your observations suffer from the same problem of those in much of the main stream media. You seem unable/unwilling to digest nuanced messages. I won’t debate you point by point but let’s take Obama’s grandmother for example. While one may argue with the wisdom of a term like “typical white person”, Obama’s point was still dead on. He was saying that this woman whom he loved dearly was still a product of her environment and therefore had an irrational fear of black people. I don’t see the problem with that. In fact, it beautifully portrays the complexity of race relations in this country. This woman, whose black grandson was the world to her still could not overcome her fear of black men.

    Let’s both watch Reverend Wright on Bill Moyer’s Journal Friday night and then let’s see if either of us changes our positions.

  3. “You seem unable/unwilling to digest nuanced messages.”

    This is elitist Obama-speek for, “You are just too stupid to understand that Obama is saying.”

    People don’t like it. And that is what Pennsylvania should have taught you.

    “Say whatever pleases your audience at the moment. You may get called on it but there will be no lasting consequences.”

    The Obamas have been teaching their children that same lesson every Sunday.

  4. The Red Pill says “This is elitist Obama-speek for, ‘You are just too stupid to understand that Obama is saying.'”

    Well, if the shoe fits …

    There’s nothing elitist about polite discourse. If stupid translates better for you than “unable to digest” then so be it.

    “The Obamas have been teaching their children that same lesson every Sunday.” I have to chuckle … this has to be the first time in American history that a candidate has caught so much flack for dutifully attending a mainstream church. Sometimes, I think Barack would have been better off being a Muslim.

  5. Any candidate who needs to qualify and explain his discourse as much as Barack Obama does really needs to rethink they way he says things. As I said before (and which you failed to address) that is the lesson that Pennsylvania voters should have taught you—and Obama.

    Instead what Obama taught your children is that if you get beat in something, it’s best not to do it again, so that way you won’t get beat again. Nice lesson.

    Straight-Talk Express vs. Nuanced Messages? That’s an easy choice for us dummies.

    And Obama’s church may be mainstream. But the trash being preached inside it is anything but. “God Damn America!” “The US created AIDS to kill people of color!” This is mainstream? No wonder I don’t go to church.

    If anyone is drinking Kool-Aid, it seems to be you and your 4-year-old daughter. Seriosly, what 4-year-old cares how Obama did in an election?

  6. Ah the memories…..

    (This might have been my first comment here)

    I especially like this part:

    “Let’s both watch Reverend Wright on Bill Moyer’s Journal Friday night and then let’s see if either of us changes our positions.”

    And in the end, it was Barack Obama that changed his position on Wright.

  7. “Lying is ok if you just call it a “misstatement”.

    Rules are for losers. To win, you have to make the rules fit your situation.

    One great way to win is to insinuate falsehoods about your opponent.

    Say whatever pleases your audience at the moment. You may get called on it but there will be no lasting consequences. ”

    You can’t buy stuff this good.

    I might go back and read every entry on this blog just for the hypocrisy and hilarity.

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