Saturday, November 15, 2014

We Reap What We Sow - Stephen Levy

Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees which prompted CBS presenter, Steven Levy, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies to many countries just as much as it does to America.

A little sanity please… 

I only hope we find GOD again before it is too late!
Steven Levy on CBS regarding Christmas
The following was written by Steven Levy and recited by him on CBS Morning Commentary.

My confession:
I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat …
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to. 
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny. It’s intended to get you thinking. 
In light of recent events: terrorists attack, school shootings, etc…
I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. 
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says, "thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself." And we said OK. 
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide).
We said an expert should know what he’s talking about… And we said okay…
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. 
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’ 
It's funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes ‘through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace. 
Are you laughing yet? 
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
If you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. 
My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully, 

Steven Levy

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

545 vs. 300,000,000

By Charlie Reese
Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years
Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.
Have you ever wondered: If both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered: If all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I do not propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I do not have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I do not write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I do not set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I do not control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because the Congress created that problem. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressional representative, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I do not care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I cannot think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it is because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it is because they want it in the red.
If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ, it is because they want them in IRAQ If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it is because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.
They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.
Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table, at which he is fed.
Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes are the rule.
Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts anyway!
Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat.
Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears.
Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways to tax his ass.
Tax all he has then let him know that you will not be done until he has no dough.
When he screams and hollers, Then tax him more, Tax him until he is good and sore.
Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in which he has laid.
Put these words upon his tomb, Taxes drove me to my doom.' When he has gone, do not relax, it is time to apply the inheritance tax.
Sales Tax School Tax Liquor Tax Luxury Tax Excise Taxes Property Tax Cigarette Tax Medicare Tax Inventory Tax Real Estate Tax Well Permit Tax Fuel Permit Tax Inheritance Tax Road Usage Tax CDL license Tax Dog License Tax State Income Tax Food License Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Gross Receipts Tax Social Security Tax Service Charge Tax Fishing License Tax Federal Income Tax Building Permit Tax IRS Interest Charges Hunting License Tax Marriage License Tax Corporate Income Tax Personal Property Tax Accounts Receivable Tax Recreational Vehicle Tax Workers Compensation Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Telephone Usage Charge Tax Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone State and Local Tax IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax) State Unemployment Tax (SUTA) Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA) Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Telephone Federal Universal Service FeeTax Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon) Utility Taxes Vehicle License Registration Tax Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes Telephone Recurring and Nonrecurring Charges Tax
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, & our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had ... no national debt, ... the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What in the hell happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

I'm Tired

"I'm 63 and I'm Tired"
by Robert A. Hall
I'm 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I've worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired.
I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.
I'm tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to "keep people in their homes." Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I'm willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their own money.
I'm tired of being told how bad America is by left-wing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood Entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Christian people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela.
I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family "honor"; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren't "believers"; of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for "adultery"; of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Shari'a law tells them to.
I'm tired of being told that "race doesn't matter" in the post-racial world of Obama, when it's all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of U.S. Senators from Illinois.
I think it's very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less arrogantly of an all-knowing government.
I'm tired of a news media that thinks Bush's fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama's, at triple the cost, were wonderful; that thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress; that picked over every line of Bush's military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his; that slammed Palin, with two years as governor, for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever. Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn't vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.
I'm tired of being told that out of "tolerance for other cultures" we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.
I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore's, and if you're greener than Gore, you're green enough.
I'm tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don't think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I sure do think druggies chose to take drugs. And I'm tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.
I'm tired of illegal aliens being called "undocumented workers," especially the ones who aren't working, but are living on welfare or crime. What's next? Calling drug dealers, "Undocumented Pharmacists"? And, no, I'm not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic, and it's been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I'm willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person, who can speak English, doesn't have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military.... Those are the citizens we need.
I'm tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years and still are? Not even close. So here's the deal. I'll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims, who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we'll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear.
I'm tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers; bums are bipartisan. And I'm tired of people telling me we need bipartisanship. I live in Illinois , where the "Illinois Combine" of Democrats has worked to loot the public for years. Not to mention the tax cheats in Obama's cabinet.
I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.
Speaking of poor, I'm tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn't have that in 1970, but we didn't know we were "poor." The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.
I'm real tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.
Yes, I'm tired. But I'm also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are making. I'm just sorry for my granddaughter.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Simple Solutions to Prison Problems

We are AMERICANS! We can solve ANY crisis!
Here are some ideas I have for reducing the cost of maintaining prisons:
Idea #1:
  1. Order a whole lot of body bags
  2. Remove everything that's not bolted down from the mess hall
  3. Maybe 'accidentally' leave some silverware laying around - guards can be so careless ...
  4. "Invite" problematic inmates to the "picnic in the mess hall night"
  5. Invite all of a problematic inmate's "best" friends (you know, the guys in that 'other' gang, to the dance too). Mix it up with lots of inmates from different gangs
  6. Let them all stay and enjoy themselves for at least two days
  7. Use the body bags to clean up the mess
  8. Voilà! No more prison overcrowding! Reduced expenses all around!
Idea #2:
  1. Some inmates are very violent
  2. It can take 6-8 guards to shackle him and escort him to his one hour of sunlight each day
  3. Guards make around $40K - $50K per year (or more), plus training, plus riot gear, plus hazard pay. That's a lot of money to spend on these ungrateful violent offenders!
  4. It takes each guard at least three hours to help the inmate get some sun.
  5. They have to shackle the guy, wait for him to have his one hour of "fun in the sun", escort him back to his cell, and then do it all over again for the next guy. Those cages in the sunny yard aren't cheap either.
  6. If there are lot of these guys, they have to hire scores, if not hundreds, of highly trained guards to make sure each inmate is not "deprived" of his "right" to sunlight. Heaven forbid we should mention any of the things of which he deprived his victims.
  7. Each inmate's one hour of "fun in the sun" costs taxpayers thousands of dollars.
  8. I have a better idea: Put each such inmate into a drug-induced coma. Cost of medications: $250 per year.
  9. Stick really large needles in his thighs, calves, arms, neck, and head, and suspend him from the ceiling (so he doesn't get bed sores and save on the cost of beds), catheterize him, give him a colostomy bag, and give him an IV drip to keep him "calm".
  10. Wait until he is done with his life sentence by dying, or at least until everyone he knows is dead.
  11. Use one of the body bags from idea #1 to finish the job.
Idea #3
  1. Arbitrarily and accidentally burn down one or two prisons a year. It would be like winning the lottery!
  2. Since the inmates are all locked up, they might have trouble escaping the conflagration. Aww ...
  3. If someone is waiting in prison before his trial for stealing $22 worth of costume jewelry and gets caught in such a fire, too bad.
  4. Wouldn't this be a "better" deterrent to others to keep them from committing even the smallest crime?
  5. I think this would be a much better deterrent than just the fear of being locked up and being taught how to be a better criminal by your prison butt buddies.
  6. Oh yeah, buy some more body bags.
Idea #4
  1. Fire all the logistics people at the prison that have to play slumber-party mix-n-match with the members of each gang to keep them from rooming together and killing each other.
  2. On the other hand, maybe we should stop worrying about whom you get for a room mate. Maybe Darwin and his "survival of the fittest" theory is the right idea!
  3. Take all the money that we save (after having reduced the number of inmates and prisons) and give it to the schools.
  4. If the schools had all the money they needed to hire good teachers and do their job well, we might never have to build another prison, ever!
Just some thoughts.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Apparently I Am a Bad American

Apparently, I AM A BAD AMERICAN!
I am the Liberal-Progressive's Worst Nightmare.
I am an American.
I buy American and believe in American products.
I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some Liberal governmental functionary, whether he or she is a Democrat or a Republican!
I am in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!
I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer; it makes you a smart American.
I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac, do it in English.
I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her own God, whenever, wherever, and however they want.
My heroes are John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and Willie G Davidson that makes the Awesome Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor.
I know wrestling is bogus and I don't waste my time watching or arguing about it.
I've never owned a slave, or was a slave, I haven't burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks, and neither have you! So, shut up already.
I believe if you don't like the way things are here, go back to where you came from and change your own country! This is AMERICA! We like it the way it is!
If you were born here and don't like it, you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you.
I want to know exactly which church is it where the Reverend Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution. Can I get an AMEN on that one?
I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you're breaking the law, regardless of what color you are. And, no, I don't mind having my face shown on my driver's license. I think it's good.
I'm proud that 'God' is written on my money.
I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don't want you deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the next four years.
I believe the President of the United States should put his hand over his heart and say the Pledge of Allegiance and should have no reservations about wearing American flag pins on his lapel.
I dislike people standing in intersections trying to sell me stuff or guilt me into making 'donations' to their cause. Get a Job and do your part!
I believe that it doesn't take a village to raise a child; it takes two parents, a man and a woman.
I believe 'illegal' is illegal no matter what the lawyers think.
I believe the American flag should be the only one allowed in AMERICA!
If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I'm a BAD American. We want our country back! We NEED GOD BACK IN OUR COUNTRY! WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

A Citizen of the world?

During his recent speech in Berlin, Barack Obama tried to ingratiate himself to the foreign crowd by claiming loudly that he was “a citizen of the world.” The problem is that Obama’s self-proclaimed global “citizenship” appears to go way beyond just a rhetorical device to gain favor with a European throng full of pie-in-the-sky utopians.
It seems that the Democrats’ would-be president of the United States of America believes that the rest of the world’s problems are more important than the interests of Americans, especially when it comes to how we live our lives and determine where our money is spent. While attempting to garner the support of his party’s leftist base, Obama proclaimed, "we can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK."
And now he’s putting your money where his mouth is. A bill he has sponsored in the U.S. Senate, the "so-called" Global Poverty Act (S. 2433), would raise the amount of American tax dollars allocated to the United Nations’ redistribution efforts to $845 billion. That’s $2,500 from every American taxpayer. He is doing this at a time when many of the citizens of the United States are already struggling just to make ends meet.
And if you think taxes and energy costs are high now, wait until Obama’s global energy and production taxes are made law by the Nancy Pelosi/Harry Reid-run Democrat Congress. Is this what Pelosi meant when she said, "I’m trying to save the planet! I’m trying to save the planet!"?
Senator Obama and the Democrats don’t seem to understand that American prosperity is a result of the hard work of American citizens in a free market economy. The American people are already the most generous in the world when it comes to global aid.
Help us show Barack Obama that Americans don’t need foreign approval to lead their lives as they see fit, and that he ought to remember that he is running for president of the United States, not of the World. Make a contribution today to provide Republican candidates with the resources they urgently need to tell voters about the Obama Democrats’ "plans" for America. The future of America, with a government makes its own citizens its first priority, may depend on it.


Robert M. "Mike" Duncan
Chairman, Republican National Committee

P.S. Powerful leftist forces will spend whatever it takes to elect Barack Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket to force their radical utopian agenda on America. Help us make sure they don’t succeed by making a contribution of whatever amount you can afford to the RNC today. Thank you.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

True Rednecks

We have enjoyed redneck jokes for years. It's time to take a reflective look at the core beliefs of a culture that values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand before a dozen terrorists who were threatening my life, I'd choose rednecks to back me up. Tire irons, squirrel guns and grit -- that's what rednecks are made of. This is a group with which I am proud to associate. Ya'll know who you are.
You might be a redneck if: It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, 'One nation, under God.'
You might be a redneck if: You've never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.
You might be a redneck if: You still say ' Christmas' instead of 'Winter Festival.'
You might be a redneck if: You bow your head when someone prays.
You might be a redneck if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.
You might be a redneck if: You treat Viet Nam vets with great respect, and always have.
You might be a redneck if: You've never burned an American flag.
You might be a redneck if: You know what you believe and you aren't afraid to say so, no matter who is listening.
You might be a redneck if: You respect your elders and expect your kids to do the same.
You might be a redneck if: You'd give your last dollar to a friend.

Friday, February 22, 2008

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.

Gary Hubbell is a regular columnist with the Aspen Times Weekly.