A Fed Up White Middle Class Man!

Since Wednesday morning November 9, 2016 at 1:30 a.m. when Hillary Clinton conceded the election to Donald Trump, the number one news story has been – HOW DID IT HAPPEN?   Personally, I thought both party nominees were too morally corrupt and flawed to be President of the United States, so I did not support either of them.   It was not until I was actually standing in the voting booth that I made up my mind to cast my vote for Donald Trump.   I did not vote for him as necessarily best for the country or because I was against Hillary Clinton.  I voted for him because I was fed up with the entitlement attitudes of so many Americans, I was fed up with both Democrat and Republican politics as usual, and I was fed up with a society where it has become politically incorrect to be a white middle class man.  I voted for Donald Trump because he represented my best chance to be heard.

I believe in diversity.  I believe it is a strength of our nation, and we should do all that is possible to protect and embrace the diversity of all people and their communities.  However, as a white middle class man standing in that voting booth, it suddenly occurred to me I am no longer considered a part of that diversity.  As long as I remain a part of the silent majority, I am tolerated.  Unlike other groups who speak their mind or criminally commit vandalism and violence in the streets when they have a grievance of discontent, as a white middle class man, I would be labeled a racist or bigot if I conducted myself in the same manner.  If Americans truly believe in embracing the diversity all people, why is there such a double standard, and since there is, why shouldn’t I, as a white middle class man, be fed up?

We live in a society where middle class white people, especially men, are scared to speak up for fear of being labeled a hater, a racist, a bigot, or a sexist.  Like any community, the white middle class has its factions that should be stamped out, but overall they are decent hard working people like the majority of people in any other community.  However, there has been a growing feeling among white middle class Americans that they are being taken for granted and ignored.  They feel, right or wrong, they are living under a double standard.  As we have seen throughout history, when ignored or treated unfairly, people tend to act out, cry out, and bust out.  So, there is no doubt the vote for Donald Trump was in part due to white middle class America acting out, crying out, and busting out.  My vote was no exception.

I can’t speak for all white middle class men, but I am fed up with being kicked around, labeled a racist, bigot, or sexist if I dare say anything that may be remotely construed as offensive to someone or some group, lied to by professional politicians, and generally ignored.  I did not vote against Hillary Clinton, against a woman president, against the Democrats, for the Republicans, out of disrespect for women, to ethnically cleanse America, or out of hatred for anybody.  I along with millions of white middle class Americans, both men and women, voted for Donald Trump because he did not ignore us and acknowledged white middle class Americans are as much a part of the diversity of this nation as the Hispanic community, the Black community, the LGBT community, and the Muslim community.  For the first time in years there was someone on the national political scene who was not talking about us or around us, but to us.  Donald Trump rallied the vote of the forgotten to catapult himself into the White House.  That is a truth that cannot be denied.

My dream from the start of the election campaign was for a unified America, but Hilary Clinton walking in Barack Obama’s footsteps was not going to make that happen.  Maybe, Donald Trump can’t make it happen either, but America needed to try something different.  In four years, if he fails to do what he says, or proves he is actually the racist and bigot so many people believe him to be, my vote in the next election will go to someone else, maybe even Hillary Clinton if she should run again.  The bottom line is that this country is not just about the rights of Black, Hispanic, Muslim, or LGBT communities and those communities are not the only ones being dumped on; the white middle class community is also tired of being dumped on.  Believe it or not, all of us have the same enemies:  an economy designed by and for the rich, a media more interested in entertainment and money than news, and professional politicians more interested in personal and party agendas than service to the people.

I am sure there will be those who take exception to what I have said, but believe what they will, I have not said anything that is intended to be racist, bigoted, or outside my right as an American citizen to say.  As a white middle class man, I have the same right as everyone else to speak my piece without being branded negatively by what is positively accepted from the mouths of others, and for that right, I thank the Constitution of the United States of America that embraces the rights and equality of all American citizens regardless of color of skin, ethnicity, lifestyle, religious beliefs, or financial standing.  However, like so many others that voted for Donald Trump, I am tired of being dumped on because I am a man, I am white, and I have worked my butt off to be middle class.

JL

©Jack Linton, November 13, 2016

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4 thoughts on “A Fed Up White Middle Class Man!

  1. Mark Latham

    As an educator, how could you vote for a leader who proposes to abolish the Department of Education? Is this insignificant, as long as he made you feel like your white, male voice would not be ignored as it has been for these many, many hard years?

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    1. jlinton77 Post author

      As I said in my blog, I was not happy with either Presidential choice, and I am not particularly proud of my vote as I cast it. However, I had to make a choice and I made that choice exactly as I stated in my blog. I was extremely hesitate to say anything about being white because as you have illustrated that is problematic in our society today. As for education, I have fought my whole life for education in general and educators in particular, and I will continue to do so. Republicans at the state and national levels have wanted to rid themselves of the state and federal department of education for years, and that has been a major reason I have hesitated to support the Republican Party. However, when I looked at Hillary Clinton’s track record of flip flopping on issues, being less than truthful time after time, and her intentions of following in Barack Obama’s footsteps, I was left with little choice. I do not believe Obama was a terrible President, but when it came to uniting this country, he proved the Democrats could not do it (of course the Republicans had a hand in that also), and with all her baggage it was obvious Hillary Clinton would not be able to unite the country as well. So, I made a choice based on what I highly suspected would be controversial reasoning, but nevertheless a valid point. And yes, just as my white male voice cautioned against Trump and Clinton throughout the campaign, my white male voice will speak in support the President elected by the people as well as speak up if he fails to be President to all people. Finally, I still feel strongly the Republicans are wrong in their vision for public education in this country, but I have yet to see the Democrats take any kind of substantial stand against them; it didn’t happen with Obama, and it wasn’t going to happen with Clinton. So, yes I cast my vote reluctantly for Trump in hopes he could maybe change politics as usual in Washington and in the process just maybe give public school education a chance. Under Clinton, she could not and would not have provided that chance. I cast my vote with the understanding that unless politics as usual changed there was little hope for public education in this country. Mississippi proved that when Initiative 42 was defeated in November of 2015. The one chance the people had to to make state politicians accountable to the people and children of the state, the public education naysayers and education segregationist as usual ruled the day and defeated the Initiative. Yes, like so many people, I want to be heard; lately, that would be such a remarkable change for a white middle class man in America.

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