I receive a lot of E-mail from my wife’s cousin’s husband, and here is one that Hillary needs to read. Now if this guy would just write one like it for Obama, I would be happy.
Aspen Times columnist Gary Hubbell wrote an excellent article, which is copied below so I can properly rant.
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.
Direct link to article: http://www.aspentimes.com/article/2008198091324
Interesting response from the editors at the Aspen Times Weekly on the above article. Seems a (BIG) flurry of emails, comments, phone calls and letters were sent in response and the editors chose to put a few of the diverse opinions on a page apty titled Angry White Man letters. Here’s the enticing intro:
Editor’s note: In the Feb. 10 edition of the Aspen Times Weekly, columnist Gary Hubbell, our own Redneck Tree-Hugger, wrote an opinion titled “In election 2008, don’t forget Angry White Man” that has since become something of a phenomenon.Hubbell’s piece has made the rounds on the Internet, chiefly among conservative white males, and eventually landed on radio shows hosted by Neal Boortz, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. Needless to say, the column also generated a lot of activity at the newspaper: More than 1 million hits on our website, some 800 e-comments on the column, hundreds of phone calls to the newspaper’s beleaguered front office, and hundreds of letters to the editor.The vast majority of these communications were favorable, but some thought Hubbell’s column was bitter, bigoted and/or misogynistic. Below is a representative, if small, sample from the hundreds of letters.
For more comments or to read the column itself, or go to www.aspentimes.com/hubbell
Direct Link to letters page: http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20080223/ASPENWEEKLY06/1233784
Direct Link to Gray Hubbell’s column: www.aspentimes.com/hubbell
If you go to the above site you will get the whole page on the left – you need to click on editorials or GO HERE to read his column. He is developing a following all over the county – people like me are forwarding it around. The only problem that most say is, they are upset because of the “White Man” connotation. They are saying Native Americans, African Americans and Women should have been included in the article.
My reply to this article is it sure hits home for me and spells my feelings exactly. I have sympathy for the poor and under paid, but since when did it become the average working mans responsibility to support them? Myself and others have fought, worked and struggled to raise, support, clothe, house, feed and provide medical coverage for our familys all of our working lives. Now the Speaker of the House, Old Nancy Bit**, wants to further tap into our Social Security and add a tax onto our retirement accounts, 401k’s and such to “equal out the lives of the poor and illegal”?!? Does she know what Illegal means? These people want to spend american tax dollars like it is theirs. That is not her money it is our’s. When is this crap going to stop? Please go back a chapter or two and watch the video “Gumball Immigration” (need to fix link). My shoulders are stooped from serving in our military and working for 45 years, I cannot shoulder this burden we are facing..
OK enough of a rant. I’ll sit back and wait for the flack to fall.