2008 Re: Re: Cling States
posted by April 14 at 15:53 PMon
As a former Hillary delegate, I Slogged yesterday about how sloppy Obama’s quotes from San Francisco were.
So, Annie, a current Obama delegate, asked: “Were you personally offfended by Obama’s statement?”
I don’t see the relevance of the question. It doesn’t matter if I’m offended or not. I live in Seattle, where, as Annie noted, Democrats just passed a Dept. of Peace plank to the party platform. (!)
My point was that Obama’s condescending quote about clinging to religion and guns will be great ammunition for the GOP in important swing states like Virginia and Minnesota (where weekly church attendance is above the national average) and in Colorado, which has some seriously lax gun laws.
So, whether I’m offended or not is irrelevant. After all, I’m not offended by this quote either:
This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world … Religion is the general theory of this world … and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
That’s Karl Marx, from 1843. I guess I just don’t think copping Marxist critiques of America is a particularly good presidential campaign strategy.
Seriously, though, what really bugs me about the Obama quote is this: He goes to church. So, does he attribute his churchgoing habits to economic alienation? No, he does not. In fact, he explained his churchgoing in The Audacity of Hope by saying it meshed with his critical thinking abilities rather than distracting from them: “Religious commitment did not require me to suspend critical thinking…”
What’s so special about him that he doesn’t cling to religion but rather sees it as a meaningful mechanism to “spur social change” (as he also explains in The Audacity of Hope) ?
Ohio, Virginia, Minnesota, and Colorado are going to want to know.