Gary Munsterman: Stop stereotyping angry old white men
Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 6:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:50 p.m.
It appears that at least a segment of our society has begun to place the lingering problems of our country on a new villain: the Angry Old Republican White man (I guess the Angry Old Democrat White men are safe for now). These men are viewed as racist, far right of center, unsympathetic to the poor, and completely out of touch with main stream America. They apparently have no redeeming value for addressing the issues of the day in our country. I suppose I am one of those unceremoniously placed in this category.
My beliefs are in hard work, empathy, independence, and fiscal responsibility. I honorably served in the Army, have been faithfully married to the same lovely woman for 40 years, volunteer for Guardian Ad Litem, and have raised two independent children.
That being said, I question why the Republicans are currently fighting the President's tax proposal for wage earners making over $250,000? The Republican's counter that it will hurt investment and risk taking by the 2 percent, but this is viewed by most Americans as stonewalling and protecting the rich. It is even alienating this wrongly labeled Angry Old White man!
It seems to me that the Republicans lost the tax argument in November. They need to get past this and focus on deficit reduction from any and all sources, including entitlements.
Perhaps the stereotyping of old white men is just as discriminatory as stereotyping any race, ones gender or group. Let’s stop all this divisiveness, pull together and make America all it can be.