Guns and Religion are big in small towns? Say it ain’t so…

April 23, 2008 at 6:17 pm Leave a comment

Obama said that – in the face of economic hardship – rural America has a tendency to “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”   So rural America contains a fair amount of bible-thumping, gun-waving citizens who aren’t big on foreigners – what’s the issue, isn’t that fairly common knowledge?   

Was he not supposed to generalize groups of voters?  From full time pundits to the guys on sports-talk radio, we’ve all been generalizing Americans.  We’ve generalized/summarized educated whites, educated blacks, blue-collar, Jews, Catholics, women, men, Latinos, gays – even wrestling fans.  

I’m certain that not all rural America is homogenous, just the same as all educated whites don’t vote the same and all Catholics don’t vote the same.   I assume the only problem is the word “cling”. 

If he had said that rural America feels that top issues are religion, guns, and immigration – would anyone bat an eye?  Are we in an uproar over semantics

 

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