“Angry white men are on the losing side of history, which is poised to roll over them like a demographic steamroller. Theirs is a rearguard action, the circling of wagons, Custer’s last stand. In fact, they’ve already lost.” – Michael S. Kimmel,
On July 18, 2016 I wrote a post called Angry Old White Men where I noted that “Angry old white man is not supporting Trump for his brains, or business acumen, good looks or hair for that matter they are supporting him because of his mouth.” I reread that post last night after I made my monthly visit to the “out-of-the-way hotdog dump” yesterday. I skipped breakfast so I went early, around 11:30 and found the parking lot filled with late-model pick-ups, Fords, Buicks and Oldsmobiles. My Japanese SUV with leftist bumper stickers stuck out like a sore thumb.
I ordered my usual, two hotdogs all the way with fries, and a sweet tea and paid my $5.31 in cash because “They don’t take credit cards or checks just cash provided the change you get back is less than $5.00.” Again, a real sign on their door.
There were about nine old guys holding court at the center table and I sat behind them so I could eavesdrop on their conversation. I figured listening to them would be more fun than reading USA Today on my phone.
What I heard yesterday was much different from what I heard back in July 2016. Rather than bitching about Obama and the Clinton’s they were talking about taxes, healthcare and the cost of prescriptions and what I gathered, just based on their tone, they weren’t entirely sold on the tax relief plan “their” President was peddling. Apparently, again just being nosey, ObamaCare wasn’t as bad as “their” President likes to make it out to be and “tax relief” is just a one or two-year deal but would eliminate healthcare deductions which, by looking at these guys, is probably their largest single deduction given that their houses are paid for.
None of these old guys seemed particularly fired-up, or excited about what was going on in Washington, honestly they all seemed pretty beat down. Maybe they have realized, like so many of us, that the mouth that got Trump elected is simply lips that flap in the wind.
There is still an anger and fire simmering among old white guys. They still hate Obama and the Clinton’s. They still watch Fox News and listen to Rush Limbaugh but after a year of watching Trump twist in the wind, after a year of the Republicans controlling all the marbles and still not able to get anything done angry old white guy is smart enough to realize that maybe, just maybe, they hitched their wagon to the wrong star. But you will never hear them say that out loud.
At this point I can’t remember what angry old white guy wanted from Trump. Was it lower taxes? Better and cheaper healthcare? More high paying jobs? Keeping “Mexicans and Muslims” out really doesn’t affect the quality of life of angry old white guy at the hotdog dump in our neck of the woods. Maybe it just makes them feel better knowing that Trump is trying to keep the “white” in red, white and blue.
Here is the thing, no matter what Trump does or doesn’t do angry old white guy will never admit that they may have made a mistake in voting for him. They will never admit that they were wrong, they can’t afford to. Look at all the stupid shit Trump has done and said and they have stood by him. Look at the kind of morally bankrupt person he is and they have stood by him. Look at the fact that he hasn’t accomplished ANYTHING of substance and they have stood by him. Why? Because despite all of Trumps faults he hates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as much as they do and for whatever reason, reasons I can’t even begin to understand, that is just enough for them to hang their red baseball caps on.
God bless you angry old white guy and I appreciate all that you did for this country. You say you love America but what you really love is your America, the America of the past. The America of your father and grandfather. The truth is you hate America because America is about today and tomorrow, not yesterday. Donald Trump wrote you a check that you can’t cash, and you will never be able to cash it, certainly not at the hotdog dump because they don’t take checks. You bought his bullshit about the strength of the flag, our greatness and apple pie. That bullshit sells t-shirts and baseball caps but will never make a mortgage payment or pay for a child’s college tuition.
The world changed right before angry old white guys eyes, but he missed it. Our place in the world has changed as well. Despite what angry old white guy thinks of President Obama he was the one person that knew how to leverage that change into a strength for you and I. Trump convinced angry old white guy that he was a force of nature to be reckoned with and that he would MAGA by his power, his superior intellect and because he is a winner. He can’t, he won’t and he never will. Why? Because he is a mental midget and he is your mental midget angry old white guy.
Thankfully angry old white guys are dying, something Trump can’t screw-up and stopped reproducing years ago. How do we get the hate and ignorance out of America? We breed it out. RIP angry old white guy.