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All right. I want to get into Barack Obama. Barack Obama, absolutely everything you need to know about Barack Obama happened last week, and I've read a lot of people, you know, their comments: "He's an elitist. Oh, he doesn't understand God, he doesn't understand religion. Oh, we're not bitter."
I heard all these things, but I don't think anybody's really tied it all together. His defense on the bitter comment I think is hilarious. He's saying why is this a big deal. People are bitter. You know what? He's right. People are bitter. I'm bitter. You're bitter. Not on everything. Just on some things. I'm bitter at the government. I'm like, you guys, how are you doing, you know? But I'm not -- I mean, there are bitter people that are always bitter people but not like he means it. We're like disenfranchised. We're like, you know what, these guys in Washington, it's almost like it's a joke. You know what I mean? If it wasn't that our children's future was hanging in the balance, it would be a scream.
The problem with the statement is that Obama thinks that people cling to religion, they cling to their guns because they're bitter. Those are separate. I'm bitter at the government because they're not listening and they can repeatedly reinjure. They can repeatedly make bad even worse. "Oh, you know what? This global warming thing." Hang on just a second about the global warming thing. "Oh, no, we've got to do something on that global warming thing. We're going to make ethanol." Wait a minute. "We're going to do ethanol and we're going to do subsidies and who wants to grow some wheat for ethanol, who wants the price of corn for ethanol, that would be great, corn, corn, corn." Now you can't afford anything you eat. Why? Because the government just made it worse. I don't know. As I go into the store, as I go in and pump gas for $3.50 a gallon, I don't know, I get a little pissed off. But that doesn't make me run to my religion and it doesn't make me run to my gun. People don't cling to those things because they're bitter. People cling to those things because it's part of who they are. It's the core of who they are.
You know who else was clinging to religion? You know who else was clinging to their guns? Oh, those bitter founding fathers. Oh, I hate them. They're so bitter. No, they weren't. They were pissed off at the king but they weren't bitter. They were bitter maybe at George: "Hey, what's up with that?" But they were not unhappy people. They were inspired people. They were people with great hope because of their religion. Not because they were clinging to it. Not because they ran to it. It was who they were. It is why they left everything to come here. They didn't hope for change. They changed it. That's what they did. People who hope for change, you're on your own, man. You'll be hoping all you want. You hope for something, what you're creating is hope. I mean, the hope that something will change. Not the change. I don't need the hope. I got hope. I need change. And the last people I depend on for change are the weasels in Washington. This might explain Obama's understanding of religion. Why would people go to a Marxist faith, a Marxist theology?
Have you ever noticed that most of us would walk out if our preacher was talking politics all the time? I would. You know what? He does it once and I go up and talk to him. He does it twice and I'm out of there. I don't need a political message. I don't want a political message when it agrees with me. That's not what I'm there for. I'll figure out the politics. You give me the big stuff. Give me the God stuff, will you? Work on that. Because as I understand the Constitution, God comes first, guns come second, government is last.
Obama has reversed this and his understanding of religion comes from, you understand how he sees the world if he understands his religion. His religion is Black Liberation Theology. His philosophy, his theology comes from this Black Liberation Theology which says God cannot be white, he is black, and if he doesn't free you from the oppressor, he is not God. And the government is bad. It is a whole philosophy that is really -- I mean, it was designed for politics. It was designed to combat the Catholic church, quite frankly. Where regions of the world, where the church was so strong, they knew they had to cloak Marxism into a faith to be able to get it past the people. So it was a competing religion. It's actually political. It's a political front. It's exactly what has happened to Islam over in the Middle East. It's a political front. It's not even a religion. It's a political front. So you can understand. They cling to his religion because they are so disenfranchised and so bitter by what's happening to them outside.
We talked about his theology of redemption. It doesn't work. That's not what Christianity is, not the way that his faith looks at it. Redemption is a personal thing.
Why they are clinging to their guns. People -- see, what Barack Obama would have you believe, and if this doesn't scare anybody who is into the Second Amendment, if this doesn't scare the living bat snot out of you, nothing will. You think the guy could be reasonable on guns? Not if he thinks gun owners are bitter. The stats prove just the opposite.
In 2006 there was a study done. 36% of owners say they were very happy. If they own a gun, 36% said very happy. 9% were not too happy. Meanwhile those who didn't own guns, only 30% of people without guns were very happy. 16% -- that's double -- were very unhappy. Less than 15% of gun owners spent their time feeling outraged at something that somebody has done. I'm sorry. No, no, no, I'm sorry. 15% less than those who didn't own a gun spend their time worrying about something that somebody had done, something they were pissed off about. Gun owners are happier.
Now, why is that? Self-reliance. Self-reliance. Here's the question. Those in need have to take care of themselves. In 2004 gun owners were 10 percentage points more likely than nongun owners to agree, that those in need have to take care of themselves. So I'm not running to religion. I'm not running to my gun. I have my religion because it makes me a stronger person. It helps me make sense of the world and my place in it and it helps guide me and helps me understand the failures and the successes that I have, to keep them both in check. My gun is my way of protecting myself, my family and my property. It is my right because I'm not going to wait for the police. I'm not going to wait for something. If somebody's in my house and they are trying to hurt my family, I will take care of it unless the police are there. It doesn't make me bitter. It makes me stronger. Those who are bitter are those who feel alone and the Government has abandoned them.