”What is happening to white men right now is exactly what was done to black folks for years.” - Pat Buchanan
Pat Buchanan hasn't held a real job since the Nixon administration. He's made a fortune by being on the wrong side of history and being vocal about it.
And Pat's feeling oppressed, disenfranchised, enslaved even.
Sweet Jesus on a Vespa.
What is it with all the angry old white men? Speaking as an old white man, I've had it pretty damn sweet. I've never been denied a loan, a job, or an opportunity because I was y-chromosomed and white. And I'm far from being privileged and rich like the white guys who are howling outrage over the airwaves.
Last fall one of my readers asked me what, in my opinion, qualified Obama to be president. I took the time to answer, as thoroughly and as honestly as I could.
He responded with an email that, among other grievances, included his assertion that white men were being repressed in the US and that Obama's campaign was just reverse racism.
Holy cow, I thought, this guy is angry.
I've known angry white men all my life. My brother is an angry white man. He's smart, he's informed, and he helped raise three really good kids, but there's something in him that's unfulfilled, and he blames someone else for that.
He's an angry white man.
I had dinner with Ed a few months ago, and he brought a friend of his, an old pal from high school. This friend complained about the spicy Cajun food, the existence of oysters, his ex-wife's bitchery and his children's ingratitude. His shoes were too tight, the waitress too slow, and he'd forgotten to bring his guitar which, for some reason, was Ed's fault. I couldn't wait for dinner to be over.
He was an angry white man.
They seem to grow well in the small confines of small towns with their small opportunities, but I'm sure cities have their share too.
Rush, Bill, Sean, Glen, Pat, Lou and Ann, all rich, privileged and pampered white men. None of them has ever known a really hard day. No one is shooting at them. They probably won't be beaten and jailed any time soon (and more's the pity). They're all enormously fortunate to have been born white, male and American in the late 20th century and yet they squeal like oppressed piggies. Why?
Angry white men. I don't get it.
But I am grateful they gave me a reason to post one of my favorite Monty Python bits ever. Enjoy.