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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-13-08 10:31 PM
Response to Reply #199
266. Check out what happens when you replace the "or" clauses with ellipses.
You get:

And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling . . . to anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.


The construction of the sentence is that the subject of the first clause, "they" and the first verb, "cling" are followed by a set of "to" prepositional clauses (IIRC) that are joined by "or" and are equal, followed by a conjunction and a subordinate explaining clause "as a way to explain their frustrations." Taking out all the other prepositional phrases and replacing them with ellipses shows the connection between the prepositional clause containing "trade agreements" with its subject and verb much better than when the "trade agreements" clause is at the end of a bunch of "or's."

Read the edited sentence carefully.

Does Obama mean that some of these trade agreements have nothing to do with job losses in manufacturing?

Might Obama be saying that your anti-NAFTA attitude is your crutch in bad times, just like Obama says that guns are to others?

Does that mean that he really thinks that NAFTA is a good idea and that people oppose it only out of bitterness?

Think about it.

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