There are 2 short days left until the Pennsylvania primary. Has everyone decided who they are voting for?
I was pretty certain I was going to vote for Obama, but after the latest set of comments about "small town Americans", I’m not so sure:
"It’s not surprising then that 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.’"
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Let’s go down the check list:
Am I from a small town? According to the Year 2000 census, Wilkes-Barre had a 43,123 population. Not exactly big or huge…but not "small" either.
Do I own a gun? No. I do have a hunter’s education card and can get a hunter’s permit. My dad was the one who made me go to those classes. I did not do this by choice. I suppose I could apply to buy a gun, but with two toddlers in the house why would I want to take that risk.
Do I *cling to religion*? No. I rarely go to church, unless there is a christening, death or someone is getting married. Other than that, you will rarely (if EVER) see me in a church. I do not want to shove religion down the throats of my children, like it was forced upon me by my grandparents. If they want to be a religious christian….fine. If they want to be athiest….fine. They will decide what is right for them when the time comes.
Am I racist? No, but that isn’t to say that people I know aren’t. Wilkes-Barre/NEPA has an older population who are very set in their ways.
Anti-trade? I’m not really sure what this means. I support trade, as long as it means more jobs do not go overseas.
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That comment just hasn’t sat right with me since he said it. Maybe he was "fired" up by Hillary’s latest round of comments, who knows. A lot of people say stuff they don’t mean in the heat of the moment.
Then there are the local visits by the candidates. I think the Clinton’s (Bill, Hillary and Chelsea) have visited NEPA more times than Barack has. I’ve personally lost count of the amount of times each one has visited, but I’d be curious to see the statistics on this. It just seems as though I’ve read more about the Clinton’s being here than I have about Barack. That has to count for something. I’m sure the fact that Hillary’s father and grandparents being from the Scranton area is a big plus for her in this primary. I don’t think Barack has any family from this area. Not that it really matters where your family comes from, but I would think that being familiar with the area you are campaigning in has to be a huge advantage.
At any rate, I think I’m still going to be undecided until the moment I get inside of the voting station. This is a tough one. However, I am going to be thrilled when the political commercials are off of the air. I’m sick of all of this negativity any time I sit down to watch TV.
So Tuesday? I’ll be going to work 9-5 in Shavertown then driving all the way back down to the Lee Park Towers to cast my vote. It’s going to suck driving that far to vote, but you can’t change your address or party within 30 days of a political race in Pennsylvania. I guess I’ll just have to suck up the fact that gas is 3.41 dollars a gallon and hope the candidate that I vote for will hopefully be able to find a way to regulate the prices some how before gas reaches 5 dollars a gallon and I’m forced to quit my job and stay home 24×7 and collect welfare checks because its too expensive to drive anywhere for employment. *run on sentence*
I don’t know. I’m just thinking out loud.