Right America: Feeling Wronged - Some Voices From the Campaign Trail

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On the day Barack Obama was elected the 44th President, more than 58 million voters cast their ballots for John McCain. In the months leading up to this historic election, filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi (Friends of God, The Trials of Ted Haggard) took a road trip to meet some of the conservative Americans who waited in line for hours to support the GOP ticket, and saw their hopes and dreams evaporate in the wake of that Democratic victory. These voters share their feelings about the changing America in which they live. For her fifth HBO project, Pelosi visited 28 states and spoke about the fight for the soul of the country with mostly conservative Americans, who feel underrepresented by the mainstream media. From the Pulpit Freedom Day in Bethlehem, Ga. to the NASCAR circuit, Right America: Feeling Wronged - Some Voices From the Campaign Trail shows a country at war with itself over the religious and cultural identities that define America. Many interviewees were particularly incensed by what they saw as a lack of any meaningful media attention given to their message during the election campaign - including their views on such hotly contested issues such as gun control, abortion rights, religion and gay rights - and by a perceived media bias against McCain and running mate Sarah Palin. "The way the press handles the election, we feel like our side's never being really represented, never really given a fair shake," says one man. "It's almost like they think of us as a bunch of hicks, a bunch of idiots. And they don't even wanna hear our side or understand us." "The liberal media is selling the American people short," observes one woman. "That's ridiculous and people should be outraged. And millions and millions of us are." "We're the backbone of this country," says another man. "We're hardworkin', blue-collared workers that keep this country runnin.' He [Obama] talks like he knows us; he doesn't know us." Right America: Feeling Wronged - Some Voices From the Campaign Trail is a snapshot of some of the most enthusiastic conservative Americans, once labeled "the silent majority" of the voting American public. Many of them feel so alienated over cultural and political issues that they say they will never trust the new president, the Congress or the media.

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  • Bballking14

    Actually the churches do a lot of work overseas and here at HOME where it really matters.People seem to forget that there's a little something conservatives like and it's called not imposing in other countries businesse's.

  • Bballking14

    Told how to live your life? You mean like how Obama is forcing people to pay for contraception and abortion? You mean like how people are trying to now force the churches to perform gay marriages? You are wrong.It's people like you that think just because it's not what you want it's not imposing on other people's lives.Liberal hypocrite just like the rest of them.

  • Miketherevelator

    These hypocritical, reactionary liars and their whining about a liberal media and liberal this and that. When are they going to realize a lot of us do not want to be dragged back to their ideas of what the good old days were and we sure as hell do not want to be told how to live our lives according to a bunch of people who think they've got a friend up in the clouds who's got all the answers. They're warmongering louts who  care about nobody on earth except those who are exactly like they are. If they don't like the way things are, they can move.

  • Guest

    Any discussion of politics in a church should instantaneously revoke their right to not be taxed.  And why is it that religious people are so blindingly hypocritically ignorant? They worry about the unborn while their chosen leaders bomb people on the other side of the planet. 

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