Posted by: iam0nly1 | June 16, 2008

Bittergate – Redux

Even in seeming victory, Obama supporters are continuing to spew their vitriol against Hillary and her supporters, and they are using one particular word that you would think they would have learned, from their fearless leader, to forego. 

Bitter. 

That’s right, they’re calling us “bitter.” Don’t believe me…?

Someone named “longgone” graced us with this gem just yesterday:

It is not possible to read this site, to reflect on the posting, and not come to the conclusion that you are exactly what you say you are not: bitter. And angry. You may all be racists as well, hard to tell as most people hide that one away. But I agree with [sic] about one thing, you certainly do not seem to share values that are commonly associated with the democratic party. [emphasis mine] 

Here’s another, from my Facebook wall, written to me on June 3, before the primary results for South Dakota and Montana had even come in…

…Hillary has put up a good fight and I commend her for that, but it’s time to move on and do what’s right, not what’s wrong because of bitterness. I won’t apologize for being upset of [sic] Hillary supporters if they jump ship to the republican party because they are a bunch of immature babies.

That’s a good way to get people to mount their Unity Ponies. Oh but wait, there was more, just a few minutes later: 

Just look at your page. It’s all bitterness. While I admit the kitten picture is cute and funny, it’s bitterness. Your post about wanting delegates is bitterness. Come on already.

Just in case you’re wondering, my Facebook page is covered with support for Hillary, not anything against Obama, but apparently anything other than full committed admiration and loyalty to “The Chosen One” is “bitterness.”

Let’s think about this for a second.

Many of you would point out the other egregious things they said, like calling us “racists” or “a bunch of immature babies,” but that’s no biggie. As Hillary supporters, who clearly have no other reason to vote FOR someone else or against Obama other than pure racism, we’ve encountered the “racist” tag on more than one occasion…clearly not to our faces though, considering 12counts and myself are African American. And the “bunch of immature babies” pales in comparison to the numerous times I’ve been called a “whore,” “stupid bitch,” “uncle tom,” “race traitor” etc. 

It’s the “bitter” label that sticks out…and I’ve figured out why.

I think it’s supposed to be a compliment and an expression of how much they understand our current plight and the injustice of what occurred.

Why do I think this? Well, because it’s exactly what the Obama supporters and Obama himself said after he took flack for calling voters in small-town Pennsylvania, bitter. I’m sure we all remember this:

“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of 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 gonna 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.” [emphasis mine]

After Obama came under fire for these remarks, he characterized it as a compliment:

“What I was saying is that when economic hardship hits in these communities, what people have is- they’ve got family, they’ve got their faith., they’ve got the traditions that have been passed on to them from generation to generation. Those aren’t bad things.” [emphasis mine]

Then he went to small-town Indiana (Pennsylvania’s were too bitter) and told them that calling them “bitter” was an expression of his understanding of their plight. He understood why they were “bitter” and believed they were justified. 

“That’s what people understand about politics these days: The game is fixed. It’s not working for ordinary Americans. When I go around and talk to people, there is frustration, and there is anger, and there is bitterness. And what’s worse is when people are expressing their anger, and politicians try to say, what are you angry about?”

~snip~

And of course they’re bitter. Of course they’re frustrated. You would be too — in fact many of you are. Because the same thing has happened here in Indiana, the same thing has happened across the border in Decatur, the same thing has happened all across the country. Nobody is looking out for you. Nobody is thinking about you.”

~snip~

“No, I’m in touch. I know exactly what’s going on. I know what’s going on in Pennsylvania, I know what’s going in Indiana, I know what’s going in Illinois. People are fed up. They’re angry and they’re frustrated and they’re bitter, and they want to see a change in Washington, and that’s why I’m running for president of the United States of America.”

Don’t you see? When Obama and his followers call us “bitter” they are saying to us that what we have now is our online family of Hillary supporters and faith in Hillary Clinton, and “those aren’t bad things.”  We understand “the game is fixed” and it’s not working for the 18 million ordinary Americans. “What’s worse” is that we are expressing our anger and “politicians [and pundits] try to say, what are you angry about?” So “of course” we’re “bitter,” “you would be too!” Nobody is looking out for us, nobody is thinking about us, so we’re “fed up.” We’re angry, and we’re frustrated, and we’re bitter and we want to see change in Washington, in the media, and in the DNC! 

Alas, Obama’s followers understand. 

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  1. Surely, as we look back along the days that lie behind us and then look forward to those that lie ahead, we have every reason to worry. Where smouldering hatreds from our enemies are a concern and voting for a man who sits with them in friendship, should not we be concerned?. Call us bitter, call us proud, call us anything you wish, but one thing we call ourselves Americans in the land of the Statue of Liberty!!!!


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