Straight white men

For an extraordinarily uninformed and angry section of our country, straight white men are the scourge.

In a rambling and incoherent profanity laced social media post, a Lynchburg, Virginia female school board member laid out her straight white man theory of all that is wrong with America.  Her bottom line, straight white men are the source of all evil, which if placed up front would have saved my reviewing all of her f-bomb laced and borderline psychotic offering.  If you desire, you may go read the pathetic and vulgar twaddle yourself.  If you have children in the Lynchburg school system, you may want to consider who you have in charge of educating your children.  That goes for the remainder of our country too.

I am not exactly sure what message she is communicating by disparaging “straight white men.”  But I will assure you that if the target of her rant was any group other than white men, she would be in hiding for fear of her life.  To see one group singled out in society and blamed for all that is wrong is eerily reminiscent of Nazi treatment of Jews.  As a product of their ignorance, it is these people who so readily label straight white men as Nazis.  Do they want to march us off to concentration camps?  Eradicate us from the face of the earth?  From her dissertation, it appears she would enjoy turning on the showers.  I am no angel and I have greatly disliked some people, but I have never felt the level of hatred for anyone or group that this woman expresses.  Sadly, she is not the lone ranger.  The same faux “rage” is fermenting across our media platforms and stoked by players who want to see America destroyed – straight white men and everyone else.

I am straight which means, I presume, that I align with the social and cultural norms that established the foundation of our country and which have been under constant assault for decades.  I am also Christian and white.  I live in redneck country, although I am not sure if rednecks and straight white men are the same evil.  I respect the flag of our country and the sacrifice of the men and women who, from our beginning, have kept it flying and the rest of us free.  I stand and face my flag or the music when I hear the Star Spangled Banner.  I stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.  I also stand for the Army Song.  I believe in the right to keep and bear arms and I do.  I read the Bible most days.  Might I recommend it to you?  The Founder’s Bible and The American Patriot’s Bible are laced with historical articles showing the influence of Judeo-Christian values on the founding of our country and our government.  If you are a former member of the Lynchburg School Board I also recommend this item in case while reading your head explodes.  I do not support abortion.  I do believe that marriage is between one man and one woman.  I believe the Ten Commandments are not the ten suggestions.  I believe in our Constitutional Republic.  I believe in following the law.  I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic.  The oath has no expiration date.  In some minds, I alone make up a whole basket full of deplorables.

I served much of my life in the Army.  I served with straight white men and probably some not so straight, but who chose to keep their sex lives private.  What a novelty that is these days.  I also served with straight white women, straight Black men and women, straight Hispanic men and women, straight Asian men and women, straight American Indian men and women and likely some not so straight from all of those groups,  Atheists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists….and probably some categories I left out.  Most of them were apolitical.  As serving members and Veterans, they comprise a tiny, tiny minority of Americans.

“’Never in the history of mankind has so much been owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill.

Very few of the people I served with gave a rat’s rear end about your color, gender, sexual persuasion, religion or any other identifier of the day.  What they cared about was a common purpose and whether or not they could depend on you when it counted.  Some of them could out cuss a Lynchburg School Board member but rarely directed it at one of their brotherhood or sisterhood.   I actually lived in the tolerant and accepting utopia liberals like our school board member seem to pine for.  Maybe the brotherhood and sisterhood utopia I knew has been harmed by recent year’s social engineering intending to add the same divisions into the Armed Services, but I offer that you will not walk into any US military unit and find a mindset that says to improve we must eradicate some group or another unless they are a threat to what they vowed in their oaths to defend.  It is a mindset that continues when one leaves the service.

Our country began losing its common purpose many years ago.  Sadly, our school board member and many like her have another common purpose in mind.  To achieve it, they apparently believe they need to rid the place of straight white men.  Her spoken desire is for a society is actually the bigoted and intolerant one she professes to deplore.  She is just too filled with hatred and stupidity to realize it.

© 2016 J. D. Pendry