Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Me Angry White Man Too

I was listening to my daily two-minute blast of Rush Limbaugh (know thy enemy) today when he read the following column from Gary Hubbell from the Aspen Times:

The article states how the angry white man will be the deciding factor in the 2008 election. Much like the angry white man helped bring the Republicans back in control of the Senate and House in 1994.

Only problem is that it looks like there's some gaps in the logic...

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.

Woah - He quickly went from summing up 99 percent of the guy population to summing up about .09 percent of the population. Play poker, watch football, hunt - check, check check. Put an addition on his house with a few friends, drill an oil well, fill a train with 100,000 tons of coal? That's not an average angry white male, that's Paul Bunyan.

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.

Heyah! Though I've had fulfilling relationships with BOTH sexes, I guess I'll say I'm gay for this response. Are you ABSOLUTELY sure not one person who was killed in Katrina wasn't an angry white man? What about those who HAD to stay (be it those rugged guys and gals who had to stay behind to do damage control like EMTs or people who worked at hospitals? Not a metrosexual or a homosexual? So, those are bad things? Bill Maher said it best when he said metrosexuals were just guys who liked to look good. You don't have to drag your knuckles and smell like shit to prove you're a guy. If you look at old photos of the "rugged" men of the '40s - many of them have more creme in their hair than Mitt Romney and wore heavy perfume, they would shame many-a-metrosexuals of today.

And as a gay guy (though I'm more into ladies so far this year), I do get angry as well. Not "Lipstick Jungle is going to be in reruns" angry. I mean angry when I see bullshit columns like this desperately try to generalize swaths of the population. Angry when I see people vote against their economic interests because the candidate is more of a person of God than his opponent. Angry when he sees another murder victim in a city get chalked up as another stat if their death is in the wrong area of town, but if the area is in a prominent area of the city, the death gets continuous coverage in the paper and on radio. A true person of anger would get pissed off when they hear the news that the richest 1 percent in the U.S. desperately needs another tax cut when they see their wages stagnate for the fifth straight year.

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.

For a column that prides itself on these angry white men not being victims, it sure sounds like these guys are the some of the whiniest victims in our society. A true, intelligent angry person (I think anger doesn't subscribe to a specific race) would not lay the blame for their anger at the feet of Hillary Clinton. They would look at her voting record and realize that her record is very similar to a lot of Republicans. A true, intelligent angry person would not be swayed to loath the very sight of Hillary just because Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity tell them that's what they should feel when they see Hillary on the tele.

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Blogger Dave said...

I stumbled upon your blog while searching for Hubbell's comment which I heard on the RUSH LIMBAUGH show, you know, the E.I.B. network.
You have completely misinterpreted the message, which is typical of "your type", and your vacuous response gives virtue to the fact that "your type" is a limited species.
I myself possess most of those attributes and I have counterparts whose skills supercede mine.
We're not Paul Bunnion we're the shrinking portion of society that hasn't been "feminized".

7:25 PM  
Blogger TransformerGeek said...

I don't know...his message was pretty straightforward. I think I interpreted it fairly accurately.

And it's Paul Bunyan, not Bunnion.

6:36 AM  

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