Since I identify with the people who fall into Barrack Obama's elitist description of people of faith who keep firearms I'm not very happy with Barrack Obama's recent remarks. He said something to the effect that us rednecks cling to our guns and our religion when we get frustrated and I would like to take umbrage to these remarks.
My faith goes much deeper than his superficial explanation and I love my guns even when I'm not frustrated. And I am not by myself. I was going to church and shooting guns before Mr. Obama was even born and come from a long line of good people who have been doing it for generations. To me this latest Obama blunder only helps reveal the depth of condescension the far left wing of the Democrat party has for the folks out here in flyover country. Mr. Obama's remarks are insulting to a lot of folks. It's kind of like Abraham Lincoln said, "God must love the common people because he made so many of them".
His remarks make me think that Obama doesn't know the people of this country very well. I'm sure he knows the jet set and the Hollywood bunch, the limousine liberals and the save the whales, kill the babies crowd, but does he think that the ordinary people don't count? Does he think that they're so stupid that they don't know who he's talking about when he says these things? Does he think their opinions aren't important? Apparently.
How can a man stand in front of America and tell people what he wants to do for them and have so little respect for a whole segment of the population. In fact, a very large segment. Does that mean that he would only represent the high-minded liberal ideals of the far left and ignore the rest of us? What kind of Commander and Chief would he make if he doesn't respect the very people who make up the lion's share of the armed forces. You may say I'm over reacting, but I'm getting sick and tired of him making these elitist statements and saying that he had been taken out of context or some other flimsy excuse.
After his wife's remark about not being proud of this country and his pastor's statements calling America the U.S.K.K.K.A. and his own statement about not wanting his daughter punished with a baby, it makes me wonder what kind of a man Obama really is and what kind of a president he'd make. Would he be an antigun advocate pushing the effort to take the firearms out of innocent citizen's hands? Would he not respect the religious beliefs of America, not taking them into account in his agenda? I really don't know much about the man and neither does America. He basically came from out of nowhere and as the facts come out little by little, they don't make a particularly confident picture. I have a great fear that if our military gets broken by another president, this time we're not going to have time to fix it again and what that spells for America, I don't even want to contemplate. Oh well, I guess I'll grab my gun and go to church.
Pray for our troops.
What do you think?
God Bless America
Commentary: I pretty much agree with the view expressed by Charlie Daniels in this article, but I don’t own guns or regularly go to Church so I am not as offended as Charlie Daniels. Obama made a stupid remark. Maybe he should use the Hillary excuse and blame it on sleep deprivation and fatigue. The day of when you could say one thing to one group and something else to another is over. In this information age, the tape is always running. Did Obama not think that the rednecks in Pennsylvania might be listening when he was speaking to the elitist liberal crowd in Hollywood?
I have always liked Charlie Daniels. In the mid 70’s I had several CDB albums and wore them out. I always thought Charlie Daniels was Country, but at that time he was not played on Country radio. He fell in the genre of “Southern Rock” and you were more likely to hear CDB on Rock radio.
In the heyday of the Charlie Daniels band, I attended several of the Volunteer Jams. These were ruckus concerts that lasted eigth to ten hours. The lineup was never announced in advance. The bulk of the music was Southern Rock but covered the spectrum from Hard Rock to hard core Country to Soul Music to even an occasional Opera performance. Those concerts were great fun. People anticipated them and speculated on who the guest would be. People partied hard, heard some great music and had a great time.
Knowing the Daniels from the 70’s and 80’s I have been surprised by the Daniels of recent years. Until recent years, I never did know the politics of Charlie Daniels, but he had a tolerant view of drug use and was somewhat of a rebel. In recent years he has emerged as a God-fearing, hard-on-crime, anti-drug Conservative. I agree with many of his political views but never expected he was so religious or such a social conservative. He always reflected a populist value and that still shines through.
Charlie takes his editorializing quite seriously and post his opinion on his web page about once a week. He has a folksy way of expressing himself and I think he often says what a lot of people are thinking. I wish his opinion pieces had wider distribution. He needs to be syndicated. His site is listed in the blogroll to the left. Go to his site and then click on “soap box” for his editorial page.
Here is Charlie Daniels performing one my favorite songs, Long-haired Country Boy. This song brings back pleasant memories and I enjoy it every time I hear it. I don’t feel like a put-upon poor southern boy, so I don’t know why I love this song as much as I do. Charlie was obviously not the God-fearing, anti-drug, social conservative he is today back when this was a hit.