You go into some of 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 gonna regenerate and they have not. So 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.It's not surprise that Senator Obama doesn't understand rural America, after all he didn't grow up there, he represented an inner city district in the Illinois Senate and as a US Senator, has spent very little time in Illinois as he decided he was fit to be President. All this from a candidate who has focused his campaign on "change".
Change isn't going to come to rural America by imposing elitist out of touch views on voters who still believe in God, don't view everything through a government program, respect the right to bear arms or believe that immigration should be done through a legal process, not jumping the border.
Perhaps Senator Obama could look right here in his home state of Illinois to try and help struggling small towns such as Hoopsten, Illinois where the community is struggling to replace jobs that were lost through the years because of stiff foreign competition. Vacant buildings are falling down and the hopes of filling them with new business is a struggle. Many reasons exist of course why rural America has struggled, farms are larger meaning few people making a living in the countryside, excessive government regulation has made many businesses uncompetitive, lack of infrastructure, etc.
Rural America will take care of itself as we have always done and will continue to revere God, demand our constitutional right to bear arms, respect immigrants who have come to this country legally and continue being weary of politicians who makes promises we know they won't keep.