Are you an angry white man?

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I think they described just about every guy on this board.

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In election 2008, don’t forget Angry White Man

Gary Hubbell
February 9, 2008


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.
 
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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.
Um...there's a few Angry White Women in those numbers too. [wink]

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.
[laugh2] I'll go along with that.
 
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Count me in.......matter of fact, you could put my picture beside the entire description.[smile]

Particularly this part: 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.
 
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Somehow I don't think thats going to be a problem this time.
My fingers are crossed - this is a poll war unlike any other. Love him or hate him, McCain is the dude and folks need to pour out. Turnout was estimated at 67% I seem to remember in the last one. And voter participation surveys are not accurate as people tend to lie about going to vote. We need every last vote - every one. Most thought the Pats were going to win as well until they didn't....
 

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Count me in.......matter of fact, you could put my picture beside the entire description.[smile]

Particularly this part: 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.
+1 [grin]
 

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Agreed on most, but drop "Angry." It adds nothing and can be counterproductive. "Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make angry."
 

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I LIKE THIS GUY!!!!!

Why can't more correspondents write like this?

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.

JESUS! Talk about hitting the nail on the head!
 
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The desription describes more than White Men.

Many women fit that desription.

Black folks that live in the country, not the city, fit that same description too. Hillary and Obama don't represent them, and never will. They find McCain too liberal, but will vote for him if they have to, just to defeat those that want to do away with his way of life. See, the Liberals insult him, because they treat him as less than equal, and he hates that. He knows he's the same as a white man, bleeds the same color blood, and is proud of his heritage. How do I, as a white man from a very white state know this? I spent a bunch of time in the Army, and knew many guys (and girls) that fit this description perfectly.
 

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"Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make angry."
That should read "Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad." There's a huge difference. Given the state of affairs, if I were to stop being angry it would probably be a good indicator that I'd finally gone mad. Fortunately, I'm one of those who smiles and talks softly when he gets really angry.

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That should read "Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad." There's a huge difference. Given the state of affairs, if I were to stop being angry it would probably be a good indicator that I'd finally gone mad. Fortunately, I'm one of those who smiles and talks softly when he gets really angry.

Ken
If you look the quote up in Barlett's, you'll find a number of versions (of which "make mad" is one), and a number of attributions, all questionable.
 

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The desription describes more than White Men.

Many women fit that desription.

Black folks that live in the country, not the city, fit that same description too. Hillary and Obama don't represent them, and never will. They find McCain too liberal, but will vote for him if they have to, just to defeat those that want to do away with his way of life. See, the Liberals insult him, because they treat him as less than equal, and he hates that. He knows he's the same as a white man, bleeds the same color blood, and is proud of his heritage. How do I, as a white man from a very white state know this? I spent a bunch of time in the Army, and knew many guys (and girls) that fit this description perfectly.
Yup, +1. [wink] [grin]
 
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