Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Senator Obama

With today’s loss to Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania primaries, perhaps Barack Obama is seeing the bitterness he spoke of on April 6 as small town not only clung to their guns and faith, but voted against his presidency as well.

It was at a fundraiser in San Francisco on April 6 that he told us,

“…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.”

He later tried to clarify his comment with,
I said something that everybody knows is true, which is that there are a whole bunch of folks in small towns in Pennsylvania, in towns right here in Indiana, in my hometown in Illinois, who are bitter,” adding, “Now, I didn’t say it as well as I should have. If I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that.”

Some things he seems not to regret though, has been his anti-gun stance over the years, opposing letting people use a self-defense argument if charged with violating local handgun bans by using weapons in their homes and voting against making gang members eligible for the death penalty if they kill someone in gang related crimes.

The junior Senator must not realize that people of faith have always clung to their faith in times of need. It has carried many through troubled times. Americans generally hold no antipathy towards immigrants; it is Illegal Immigrants who drain our economy more than they sustain it. And, no gun owner this writer knows of “clings” to a gun.

Arthur Brooks, a professor at Syracuse University's Maxwell School reinforces that with an article published in the April 19, 2008 Wall Street Journal, Trigger Happy.

Professor Brooks tells us that anybody who would find Obama’s portrayal of small town bitterness realistic shows just how little some know their neighbors. And “nothing reveals the truth better than the data on guns,” he says.

Drawing from the 2006 General Social Survey, he tells us that 34% of American homes have guns in them. In addition, gun owners have the same level of formal education as non-gun owners, on average and they earn 32% more per year than non-gun owners.

The bitterness is also shown to be a canard as he informs us that 36% of gun owners say they are very happy while 9% say they are not too happy, compared to only 30% of non-gun owners saying they were very happy with 16% saying they were not too happy. In all, approximately 40 million American households with guns are generally happier than those people in households that don't have guns, regardless of political affiliation.

He tells us that one plausible reason for this happiness is that gun owners feel more “self –reliant” than non-gun owners, feeling they are able to defend themselves, should the need arise and even hunt their own food, if necessary.

Not feeling dependent on others has always elevated ones feelings of self worth and independence, something Socialists wish to tether to government programs.

The General Social Survey asked about agreement with the statement, “Those in need have to take care of themselves.” Gun owners agreed 10% more than non-gun owners, 60% to 50%.

Countering any call of selfishness amongst gun-owners, the same survey also shows gun owners more likely to give money to charity (83% to 75%), more likely to give of themselves, as in donating blood and more likely to strongly agree they would "endure all things" for someone they loved (45% to 37%).

Guns have a long and respected history in America. Article 9, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1790 says, “That the right of citizens to bear arms, in defense of themselves and the State, shall not be questioned.”

Perhaps the “bitterness” Pennsylvania voters felt was the junior Senator’s questioning their right to bear arms.

If Barack Obama learns that Happiness is a warm gun, don’t be too surprised to see him walking a field in an oversized brand new hunting jacket or reminiscing of hunting ducks with his father as well.


Mark Harvey aka Snooper said...

He's bloody toast. He just doesn't know it yet. ABC is reporting his temper tantrum tonight.

LewWaters said...

Don't be surprised if he too takes a walk through a field in his brand new oversized hunting jacket carrying a shot gun that has never been fired, like Kerry did in 2004.

People need to wake up to this liberal socialist masquerading as an American.

talk_is_cheap said...

"Bittergate!" was a joke.

Obama was down 20 points 6 weeks ago and finished only 9 points down on election day. He cut Hillary's lead in half during Rev. Wright, Bittergate and Operation Chaos.

Meanwhile, 81% of Americans said the country is on the wrong track. That's a record number for right track / wrong track.

The right-wing hysteria is baffling. Look at the evidence. This did not hurt him. But by all means please spend the next 6 months attacking him for expressing a concern shared by 8 in 10 Americans.

You're only hurting McCain.

LewWaters said...

Like your name implies, talk is cheap.

Screw McCain, he screwed conservatives many times.

BTW, it isn't us going after your guy Obama, look to nearly half of those within your own ranks who say they will not vote for him if Hillary doesn't get the nod.

As for me, regardless of who gets in, the country is screwed this time.

Your undocumented 81% figure is only 81% of those asked. But, I do find it amusing that the number who disapprove has grown so much since Democrats took control of both houses.

If you haven't noticed, the economy tanked since they took over too.

talk_is_cheap said...

"Your undocumented 81% figure is only 81% of those asked."

Really? Are you in denial?


That was easy.

The rest of your post sounds rather bitter, so to speak.

And why not? Despite the Dittohead/Hillbot/MSM conventional wisdom, the Jeremiah Wright nonsense has fallen flat and not hurt Obama with white voters.

Democrat Don Cazayoux just won a House seat held by Republicans for the previous 33 years. The RNCC spent millions and the new "Freedom's Watch" 527 outfit ran ads linking him to Obama and the Scary Black Preacher Man.

LA-6 is 64% white and voted 83% Republican in the last cycle! Last night it flipped to the Dems. So much for "Wright-gate".

Presidential hopefuls George Allen and Rick Santorum are already forgotten, their seats held by Dems.

Tom Delay and Dennis Hastert are history, their seats held by Dems.

And the wave continues...

Mark Harvey aka Snooper said...

Poor libtards. They just don't get it.

LewWaters said...

TIS, have you progressed beyond the second grade? Even your link is to 'polls.' Polls are supposedly random sampling and can be easily manipulated by either side of an issue simply by targeting certain areas and passing it off as representative.

From the NYT found by the very link you supplied, "In the poll, 81 percent of respondents said..."

Left unnamed is how large the sampling was, who conducted the sampling, where it was targetted and such.

Think of the Ron Paul surveys conducted online that showed him ahead of everyone by 30%, 40% and more. Didn't quite translate out in the actual voting though, did it?

Do try to actually think for yourself instead of beliving every bit of propaganda thrown at you by the libtard press.

the Jeremiah Wright nonsense has fallen flat and not hurt Obama with white voters.

Is that why MHO and others are crying out continually, "It's time to move on?"

Is that why they keep trying to link McCain to John Hagee, who doesn't have a 20 year steady relationship to McCain?

Is that why BHO just barely squeaked out a win in Guam caucuses, by a mere 7 votes?

It ain't over until the fat lady sings, tis. An she has a history of singing loudly and destructively, when need be.

Mark Harvey aka Snooper said...

dumbass libtards. I swear.

talk_is_cheap said...

Karl Rove: You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I'm entitled to THE math.

Robert Siegel: I don't know if we're entitled to a different math but your...

Rove: I said THE math.


That was Karl "The Architect" Rove boasting about his inevitable 2006 midterm victory.

He didn't believe in silly polls, so he guaranteed a win on election day. After all, polls were just words and numbers and stuff. They were for arugula eatin' elitists. Whatever.

Real Americans knew better.

The reality? For the first time in the history of the United States, no Republican captured any House, Senate, or Gubernatorial seat previously held by a Democrat.

The Democratic Party also claimed a majority of state governorships in the 2006 elections, and a plurality of state legislatures.

Within 24 hours Rumsfeld was fired and Rush Limbaugh and his army of imitators denied they were members of the Republican party. They took to calling themselves "independent conservatives".

The word "Republican" has now become lethal to politicians - it's worse than "liberal". But the Republicans muddle on, publicly denying their party status,trashing their nominee and boasting of their inevitable win in 2008.

Please stay overconfident. Assume you can't lose. Ignore those stupid polls. Don't bother working to elect the 71 year old senior Senator from Arizona.

I'm sure everything will work out just fine.

LewWaters said...

Can't argue about Republicans, tic. But, that's what happenes when they try to be liberals and abandon the conservative base.

As to what effect it will have in 2008, that remains to be seen.

Whichever of the three currently running gets in, America is screwed. Unless, we can find a conservative to step in.

Keep wanting the Union of Socialist States of America. Should you get it, expect it to go like its predeccesor, the Soviet Union did, failure!