Barack Obama, like all leftists, is an elitist. We have already heard his wife call for submission to The Movement in almost fascistic terms. Now Barack explains to his fellow elitists why the Proles behave in such illiberal ways.
“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate and they have not.
“And 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.”
Obama explains that simple rural folks and other proletarians would abandon their unpleasant devotion to firearms and religion if only the Executive Branch of the Federal Government would preserve their factory jobs. If Obama sounds familiar here, he should. His comments have a proud pedigree.
“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions.”
That is Karl Marx in Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, 1843. Obama is saying exactly the same thing as Marx. They each argue religion exists because the life of a proletarian worker is frustrating and unsatisfying. Both Obama and Marx argue that the proletarians cling to religion, not for its own sake, but because the economic system is not satisfying their social needs. To Marx’s evaluation of religion, Obama adds firearms and other aspects of rural life in America that progressives don’t approve of.
This isn’t a mistake. This isn’t a misquote. This is another insight into how Obama thinks. The comments that he and his wife make reveal their “progressive” world view. It is socialist, it is fascist and it is obvious. All you have to do is listen.