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AWM, meet the JWF

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

I wish I was angry. Instead, I’m disgruntled, disillusioned and disappointed.

Watching Aspen Times Weekly columnist Gary Hubbell’s meteoric rise as voice of the Angry White Man this week, I can only conclude that a large segment of American society is pissed, and that anyone who can’t weld their own bumper might not have a place in the new world order. My bumper is made of plastic and Styrofoam, but whatever.

Hubbell alternately has been lauded as the most eloquent, self-proclaimed redneck ever to take the pulse of the American public, or a misogynistic racist with a flair for thinly veiled bigotry. Either way, a new acronym for dissatisfied patriots has emerged, and the AWM claims he’s a force to be reckoned with. I’m not so sure. It’s the superdelegates who concern me.

But most surprising, judging from the hundreds of comments Hubbell’s column has generated since it began circulating nationwide via the Internet, is that, while the AWM clamors for change, he (and she) often is silent on how to effect it. OK, some are calling for “the revolution,” but mostly the AWM is looking at the next presidential election and, I sense, cringing, just like I am.

I hesitate to admit it, but I probably agree with the AWM on some matters, though you couldn’t pay me to listen to Rush Limbaugh, and my family thinks I’m so liberal I lean left in my sleep. I want illegal immigration stopped, I don’t want a government that spends more than it ever can take in no matter how deeply it reaches into my pockets, and I wish we’d weaned ourselves of foreign oil years ago.

But, I also don’t want to pay an even more ridiculous sum for a tank of gas or watch us rape every environmentally sensitive place we can think of in search of fuel. I’d like to think government can help people get back on their feet again when they stumble (as opposed to propping them up on their feet for their entire lives), and I have qualms about what the price of just about everything will be, once we kick all the cheap, undocumented laborers out and force employers to abide by the laws. Yeah, like that’ll happen.

No one close to me is fighting or dying in Iraq, enabling me to conveniently ignore the fact we’re at war, but I’m certain, no matter who we elect next November, we won’t pull out of that one until we win, lose or draw. The best I can hope for is a president who recognizes any of those outcomes, if and when it occurs.

They’re tough issues, and I admire anyone who’s willing to step up and tackle them, but I resent anyone who makes promises they won’t keep or who winds up mired in petty politics or pandering to special interests instead of those of his or her constituents, the AWM or otherwise. Maybe no mere mortal is capable of rising above the quagmire that is Washington. I don’t know.

I do know I’m tired of an entrenched, two-party system that frequently forces me to choose between the one who sucks and the one who sucks more. As one of Hubbell’s readers put it, I’m suffering from “electile dysfunction” ” none of the candidates arouses me.

I’m not sure who I’ll vote for, but I fear it won’t make a damn bit of difference. Call me the Jaded White Female, hopelessly resigned to a government that’s every bit as ineffectual as I feel when I head to the polls.


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