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    http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20...-1/ASPENWEEKLY

    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.

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    I didn't realize I was classified as an "angry white man" but that sure as hell sounds like me. Unfortunately, we are not the group that will decide the election. We haven't decided an election since 1964. Women will decide this, as they did the last 11 of the last 12 elections. The only question is whether it will be women in general or women of a specific race.
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

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    I appreciate your dilemma in having to self-identify as an AWM.

    Thankfully I realized long ago that to love I must also be able to hate, else 'love' becomes anile (old-womanish for the pimply-faced and invincibly ignorant.)

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    deepdiver wrote:
    I didn't realize I was classified as an "angry white man" but that sure as hell sounds like me. Unfortunately, we are not the group that will decide the election. We haven't decided an election since 1964. Women will decide this, as they did the last 11 of the last 12 elections. The only question is whether it will be women in general or women of a specific race.
    We put GWB into the white house in 2000, because our brethren in Gore's home state of TN didn'tvote for him.

    We put Gingrich in charge of Congress in 94 in response to our disgust of Bubba's first two years in office.

    Unfortunately, this year we will put Obambi in the white house because many of us will stay home rather than vote for the lesser of two evils.

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    Which one would that one be, the 'lesser of two evils'? Still the GOP is asking us to vote for 'evil'? Evil is! I'm not smart enough to split hairs with the devil. So I must be an 'absolutist'. Fine, AWM it is!

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    Yeah, I know that guy, the Angry White Man. I see him every day, when I look in the mirror. As much as I dislike some of George Bush's policies, Billary scares me even more. I think she would use some of Bush's moves toward totalitarianism as a means to enforce her nanny state agenda. How easy it would be to classify, by executive order, the NRA,GOA, VCDL, and others as subversive organizations. I sincerely believe that even though she decries spying on the American people, declaring American citizens arrested on American soil as enemy combatants, and holding people without charges or access to counsel, she would do the same thing. She would claim that she is only enforcing the law as it is written (Patriot Act). Only she would go after "constitutional absolutists", like most of us, or anyone else she perceives as a threat to her throne.

    I'm not a big fan of John McCain, but I fear at this point that a vote for anyone other than him is a vote for Obama or Clinton.

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    Doug Huffman wrote:
    His last name and religion don’t matter. His background might be ..., or Puerto Rican mixed in, but he considers himself a white American.




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    .40 Cal wrote:
    Doug Huffman wrote:
    His last name and religion don’t matter. His background might be ..., or Puerto Rican mixed in, but he considers himself a white American.
    And your point? It is too terse for me to tell.

    Please note that I was quoting another and would appreciate more careful attribution. I would be pleased to grapple with color-ism/culture-ism but the policeman would be tapping his baton shortly.

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    I'm an angrywhitePuerto Rican, but an angry white American first!

    edit: Race is never an issue with me, unless it is made one by someone else who can't pronounce my name. I was just happy to see that I was represented in that fine piece of prose.

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    Carpetbagger wrote:
    deepdiver wrote:
    I didn't realize I was classified as an "angry white man" but that sure as hell sounds like me. Unfortunately, we are not the group that will decide the election. We haven't decided an election since 1964. Women will decide this, as they did the last 11 of the last 12 elections. The only question is whether it will be women in general or women of a specific race.
    We put GWB into the white house in 2000, because our brethren in Gore's home state of TN didn'tvote for him.

    We put Gingrich in charge of Congress in 94 in response to our disgust of Bubba's first two years in office.

    Unfortunately, this year we will put Obambi in the white house because many of us will stay home rather than vote for the lesser of two evils.
    Don't forget that the Angry White Man may not go out to the polls, but he'll make sure to stay home and vote from his rooftop.


    I also have trouble understanding how getting GWB into the White House was good for the country... Isn't he one of the examples of why we shouldn't settle for the "lesser of two evils"?

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