Thursday, February 21, 2008

In election 2008, don’t forget Angry White Man

by Gary Hubbell, Aspen Times Weekly

There is a great amount of interest in this year’s presidential elections, as everybody seems to recognize that our next president has to be a lot better than George Bush. The Democrats are riding high with two groundbreaking candidates — a woman and an African-American — while the conservative Republicans are in a quandary about their party’s nod to a quasi-liberal maverick, John McCain. Each candidate is carefully pandering to a smorgasbord of special-interest groups, ranging from gay, lesbian and transgender people to children of illegal immigrants to working mothers to evangelical Christians. There is one group no one has recognized, and it is the group that will decide the election: the Angry White Man.

The Angry White Man comes from all economic backgrounds, from dirt-poor to filthy rich. He represents all geographic areas in America, from urban sophisticate to rural redneck, deep South to mountain West, left Coast to Eastern Seaboard.His common traits are that he isn’t looking for anything from anyone — just the promise to be able to make his own way on a level playing field. In many cases, he is an independent businessman and employs several people. He pays more than his share of taxes and works hard.The victimhood syndrome buzzwords — “disenfranchised,” “marginalized” and “voiceless” — don’t resonate with him. “Press ‘one’ for English” is a curse-word to him. He’s used to picking up the tab, whether it’s the company Christmas party, three sets of braces, three college educations or a beautiful wedding.He believes the Constitution is to be interpreted literally, not as a “living document” open to the whims and vagaries of a panel of judges who have never worked an honest day in their lives

The Angry White Man owns firearms, and he’s willing to pick up a gun to defend his home and his country. He is willing to lay down his life to defend the freedom and safety of others, and the thought of killing someone who needs killing really doesn’t bother him.The Angry White Man is not a metrosexual, a homosexual or a victim. Nobody like him drowned in Hurricane Katrina — he got his people together and got the hell out, then went back in to rescue those too helpless and stupid to help themselves, often as a police officer, a National Guard soldier or a volunteer firefighter. His last name and religion don’t matter.

His background might be Italian, English, Polish, German, Slavic, Irish, or Russian, and he might have Cherokee, Mexican, or Puerto Rican mixed in, but he considers himself a white American. He’s a man’s man, the kind of guy who likes to play poker, watch football, hunt white-tailed deer, call turkeys, play golf, spend a few bucks at a strip club once in a blue moon, change his own oil and build things. He coaches baseball, soccer and football teams and doesn’t ask for a penny. He’s the kind of guy who can put an addition on his house with a couple of friends, drill an oil well, weld a new bumper for his truck, design a factory and publish books. He can fill a train with 100,000 tons of coal and get it to the power plant on time so that you keep the lights on and never know what it took to flip that light switch.Women either love him or hate him, but they know he’s a man, not a dishrag. If they’re looking for someone to walk all over, they’ve got the wrong guy. He stands up straight, opens doors for women and says “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am.”

He might be a Republican and he might be a Democrat; he might be a Libertarian or a Green. He knows that his wife is more emotional than rational, and he guides the family in a rational manner. He’s not a racist, but he is annoyed and disappointed when people of certain backgrounds exhibit behavior that typifies the worst stereotypes of their race. He’s willing to give everybody a fair chance if they work hard, play by the rules and learn English.Most important, the Angry White Man is pissed off. When his job site becomes flooded with illegal workers who don’t pay taxes and his wages drop like a stone, he gets righteously angry. When his job gets shipped overseas, and he has to speak to some incomprehensible idiot in India for tech support, he simmers. When Al Sharpton comes on TV, leading some rally for reparations for slavery or some such nonsense, he bites his tongue and he remembers. When a child gets charged with carrying a concealed weapon for mistakenly bringing a penknife to school, he takes note of who the local idiots are in education and law enforcement.

He also votes, and the Angry White Man loathes Hillary Clinton. Her voice reminds him of a shovel scraping a rock. He recoils at the mere sight of her on television. Her very image disgusts him, and he cannot fathom why anyone would want her as their leader. It’s not that she is a woman. It’s that she is who she is. It’s the liberal victim groups she panders to, the “poor me” attitude that she represents, her inability to give a straight answer to an honest question, his tax dollars that she wants to give to people who refuse to do anything for themselves.There are many millions of Angry White Men. Four million Angry White Men are members of the National Rifle Association, and all of them will vote against Hillary Clinton, just as the great majority of them voted for George Bush.He hopes that she will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2008, and he will make sure that she gets beaten like a drum.

Gary Hubbell is a regular columnist with the Aspen Times Weekly.

(thanks to my friend Robert for sending this my way)

11 comments:

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

Dr John,

Thanks. But your fine columnist has overlooked a minor detail. On Feb 1st, MoveOnDotTrash had made its Endorsement, was immediately
followed by Teddy Kennedy & Caroline. A dozen others quickly got in line, and the dominoes clicked. Poor Chelsea heard the Rapper,

OBAMA, Obama, obama, No, no, no, Yo mama! Hillary's Burnt Toast.
March, the probable end.

The Chumps Want "CHANGE", and in
this game, Mucho-money talks!
King-maker Soros has spoken. reb
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Dan Trabue said...

This "angry white man" sounds like a bigot, a sexist and a racist. Someone who "knows" that a whole group of people are more emotional than rational is simply a fool. When he "knows" and is pissed off because illegal immigrants don't pay taxes, he's demonstrating further ignorance.

Sounds like this angry white man needs to get out a bit more, meet some people, have some good conversations and just relax a bit.

He's angry about too many of the wrong things.

Anonymous said...

Well Doctor.

Thanks for reprinting Mr. Hubbell's column which I certainly would not have read otherwise. It is complete BS for all the reasons that Dan stated and more.

I certianly believes that the Angry White Man exists. But most Angry White Men are not the Angry White Uber Man described by Mr. Hubbell. I mean th ewjhole column is kind aof a reverse f that old Maria Muldauer sing: "I'm a Woman, W-O-M-A-N."

In any event, Mr. Hubbell is drinking his own bathwater--which came from a well that was hand dug by the angry white man who built the electric pump that he dropped into it b/f attaching the well to the the pipes which he forged himself in the house that he and his buddies built b/f running a bath w/ hot water from the solar heating system he installed into the cast iron bath tub that he cast b/f coating it w/ porcelain he fired in his own industrial kiln.

The Angry White Man may indeed hate Hillary Clinton but the Angry White Man isn't going to decide the 2008 presidential election.

That election, like most others, will be decided by independent swing voters, amy of whom are not angry, not white--although many are--and not men--although many are. These independent voters will consider their options and vote for the candidate they think will do a better job.

One more thing. reb. For the love of God give it a rest. If one reads your comments for the past several months, nearly all you have talked about is George Soros. I mean it seems as if an intervention may be necessary if you don't lay off.

Regards.

The Loop Garoo Kid

Dan Trabue said...

he Angry White Man may indeed hate Hillary Clinton but the Angry White Man isn't going to decide the 2008 presidential election.

And this is true because there are a great number of OTHER angry white (black, brown) men (and women), older and younger, who are angry at what the Bush years have done to our country and they're exercising their righteous anger by showing up at the ballots in record numbers.

Allisoni Balloni said...

Amen to Dan and the Loop Garoo kid.

You're definitely stooping to new lows these days. This reminds me a lot of how proud Bill O'Reilly is of himself and the fights he's picked with people---he cannot even begin to see that HE is the one who looks like the fool, not the person he is going up against. This column accomplished just that--it didn't make anyone look ignorant but the author.

BB-Idaho said...

"Four million Angry White Men are members of the National Rifle Association," There are well over 112,000,000 white men in this country. NRA must be still overcharging....

Robert M. said...

I hate Hillary Clinton. I'm white, Christian, straight, you name it. I'm all majority. And even I think this column is offensive...

SNAKE HUNTERS said...

Tony, I'm gonna say this once. If you choose ridicule, do it on S/H
where I can easily chop you down to my size. I won't do it here, But Friendship only goes so far, and you've crossed the line.

I'm gonna keep on pounding at MoveOnDotOrg, Eli Pariser, George Soros & U.F.P.J. When that Punk attacked Gen. David Petraeus with his "Be-Tray-Us", and "Cooking The Books For The White House" in Bold-Print, Soros Went Too Far! I've got that filth Laminated (several of them). I Intend To Use Them with Max Effect This Summer. Your smart remark just gave me still another opportunity, you see? It's A First Amendment Privilege.

So, don't mess with a Pit-Bull, if all you have is Rubber Teeth, Counselor.

The Full-Page N.Y. Times Ad, Sept 10th stoked me, and no bob-tailed attorney is gonna shut me up. Put that in your leather brief-case! reb
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Kristina said...

"angry white man" sounds like a bigot, a sexist and a racist. Someone who "knows" that a whole group of people are more emotional than rational is simply a fool. When he "knows" and is pissed off because illegal immigrants don't pay taxes, he's demonstrating further ignorance.

Can you please tell me exactly why this man is a bigot, a sexist, and a racist?

Women are, generally, more emotional than rational. It is how we are wired.

Why is being angry over illegal immigrants ignorant?

I am a woman married to one of these men. I would not say that my husband, or myself, is bigoted, racist, or sexist.

Rather, I believe that ALL CITIZENS in this country should have EQUAL rights. I do not believe that people should have partial treatment because of race, sex, or sexual orientation. Rather, I believe that for these people, whomever they may be- black, white, red, green, woman, man, straight, homosexual- should have the same rights under the law. How is that racists/sexist/bigoted? I believe that they-whomever they may be- have the ability to accomplish what they want, without special treatment. Do you? If you don't, then it is you who is racist/sexist/bigoted.

Kristina said...

Wow, please excuse my horrible grammar. That should be preferential treatment. And, that next line should read, "I believe that these people..." Not, "for these people" I really should not type before 10:00 AM.

Dan Trabue said...

Can you please tell me exactly why this man is a bigot, a sexist, and a racist?

I don't know if he is or not. I said he sounds like one.

1. He sounds like a sexist because he generalized a whole group of people based on a stereotype (that women are "more emotional" and therefore "less logical"). That is a stereotype, not a reality.

If you want to make a case that women are inherently less logical than men, proceed and please provide some research to back your position.

I'm saying that such a claim is an emotional stereotype (ie, not based in logic or science) designed to make insecure men feel better about themselves.

Additionally, going to a strip club strikes me as a sexist pasttime.

2. This fella sounds racist/xenophobic in his unbased charges against illegal aliens (who do, in fact, have to pay taxes when they buy groceries and other goods, when they work at a company that takes taxes out of their paychecks - not only do they pay taxes, but they pay taxes that they can't get a return on).

And the way the author describes AWM, he also sounds like some racists when he says things like, "Well, if THEY behave well - work like I think they ought to work and say yessir, nossir - then I like the colored folk just fine..."

Also, by having him say things like, "He’s the kind of guy who can put an addition on his house with a couple of friends, drill an oil well, weld a new bumper for his truck, design a factory and publish books." it makes it sound like he thinks he's the only sort of person who can do all that.

At the least, AWM is an arrogant and ornery SOB.

No one I know of has ever asked for "special treatment," and again, that's one of those phrases that MANY racists/sexists/homophobic people use to try to put down folk who are demanding decent treatment.