Per “Florida congressman points to Palin to rally Jews to Obama,” Rep. Alcee Hastings denounced hunters and gun owners as racists and anti-Semites, and by implication beer-swilling NASCAR-watching pickup-truck-driving redneck white trash. This is consistent with Obama’s own description of Pennsylvanians as “bitter” small down people who “cling to guns and religion,” and the common reference to working people as “white trash” on Obama’s own Web site.
- Rep. Alcee Hastings told an audience of Jewish Democrats Wednesday that they should be wary of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin because “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”
We are of Jewish identity, and we live in Northeast Pennsylvania. Company parking lots are half-empty here on opening day of deer season (as we have no moose). Alcee Hastings therefore insults our intelligence by telling us that our neighbors are all a bunch of ignorant beer-swilling rednecks who hate Jews and Black people, but we will be sure to let our neighbors know what he, and presumably Obama, think of them. Meanwhile, it is Barack Obama who consorted openly with, and endorsed without reservation, Al Sharpton and his National Action Network. It was the NAN, under Sharpton’s leadership and supervision, that shouted racial and anti-Semitic epithets at a Jewish-owned store (Freddy’s Fashion Mart) before one of Sharpton’s deranged followers set it on fire. We do not need Alcee Hastings to create imaginary enemies among our working-class gun-owning neighbors, because we know full well who our real enemies are.