“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Those were the words spoken by democratic presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama just prior to the Pennsylvania primary.

These words bothered me quite a bit, at least enough that I responded to Mr. Obama’s comments and so I went out in search of some of America’s so-called “bitter” people – those clinging to their guns and religion. Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to locate an all-American family reunion, a family that probably Obama was envisioning when he made his elitist remarks.

This is a photograph of the men leaders of the Hatstat family. They asked that I not reveal their exact location out of fear that the not so bitter people will try and come take their land and their rights away from them.

America’s Bitter People

The elder leader of the Hatstat family is Jedediah Hatstat. He’s a bit difficult to see. He is the one on the left in the front of the group, kneeling in prayer. Obviously a bitter, bitter man who has clung to religion and prayer for many years.

Second eldest is Samuel Hatstat, also not highly visible but he is the one in the middle with a very firm grip on his hunting rifle. No explanation is needed for that I guess.

I would surmise that because the Hatstats live away from the center of politics and well, where the “informed” are, they really didn’t seem all that bitter to me. As a matter of fact they were quite happy, especially on this day being it was a family celebration and all. (notice a couple of moonshine jugs being passed around while the dogs played at their feet.

These are great people with a lot of love and respect for all Americans. Jedediah says he prays several times a day that God would protect them from the “city people” who seem determined to destroy their life and snatch away their freedoms.

Third man from the right is Jeremiah Hatstat, the self-proclaimed flower child of the family, having once visited Berkley, California. I asked him what he thought of Barack Obama and the message he was sending to the American people and his response was a bit surprising.

“Who’s Barack Obama?”

Tom Remington

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