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Interviewer: Today, we’re having a discussion about the state of the nation, and we wanted to ask an Average American what they think. Pardon me sir?

Average American White Guy (doing something on a smart phone, glances up and then looks at the camera) Oh, hey.

I: What’s your name?

AAWG: Why do you want to know?

I: I don’t mean to be intrusive.

AAWG: Sure, you did. That’s what all you so-called (makes “air quotes” with his fingers, still holding his smart phone) “newscasters” do.

I: We’re live by the way.

AAWG: In that case let me say to all my peeps out there a big fu—

I: I WAS TELLING YOU - I was telling you we were live to PREVENT you from saying something inappropriate for broadcast.

AAWG: I was only wishing my friends a fun day. What did you think I was going to say?

I: Let’s get to the question.

AAWG: No. First, I want you to say what you thought I was going to say when you interrupted me.

I: I believed you were going to say a word we couldn’t broadcast on television.

AAWG: And that’s why, ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem in this country. The media assumes wrongdoing before it even happens and they base what their reactions and what they show on their own biases.

I: That is a little bit unfair.

AAWG: You came up to me to talk. Then you assume that I’m going to say something wrong? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

I: Let’s get to the question. How are you viewing the country today?

AAWG: First I’m thankful for those that serve in the military. The constant sacrifices of those families is what keeps our country strong and proud. Don’t let what the unpatriotic say and do stop you. Stay strong. America is getting great again.

I: Specifically, what do you see is wrong with the country right now?

AAWG: Mostly it’s the liberal media portraying the president as either somebody who’s evil or somebody who’s stupid. Where was that when we needed it during the Obama administration?

I: So you believe that the Obama administration was evil and/or stupid?

AAWG: I believe that the media never challenged it because they thought they’d be considered (using ‘air quotes’ again) “racist” even though there were hundreds of things they did that were illegal or at least immoral. Call a spade a spade!

I: Can you give some examples of what you’re talking about, either from the Obama side that you think were not reported or from the Trump side that you think are not fair?

AAWG: Come on. You call yourself a (using ‘air quotes’) “journalist?” If you don’t know what these things are, it’s not up to me to educate you. There’s plenty of proof online if you would ever even bother to look.

I: What sort of job do you think President Trump is doing?

AAWG: He’s doing a lot better than anyone is willing to give him credit for. He named a great Supreme Court Justice. He’s building the wall to help keep our border safe, two things he said he would do, he’s got the economy going great and he would have gotten rid of Obamacare if Congress and Mitch McConnell hadn’t screwed it up.

I: How do you blame Congress for that issue?

AAWG: They were the ones who voted to stop it. If they didn’t, Trump can sign off on it and it’s over.

I: And you don’t believe that Trump treating John McCain like something other than a war hero had any effect on McCain’s vote.

AAWG: That’s what I’m talking about. The media ALWAYS wants to blame Trump. Why should Trump be punished for calling it like he sees it?

I: Let me ask you this. How do you feel personally, about your own life and how things are progressing and what you see for the future?

AAWG: I’ll be honest, I’m concerned. Everybody is out to get white guys these days. It’s clearly the worst thing you can be in the United States.

I: No, but seriously…

AAWG: I’m being serious! It’s like being a dirty word or something. You can’t have a march, you can’t be critical of anybody without somebody saying “white privilege.” Let me tell you, I’m not privileged. I had to work hard for everything I got.

I: You do realize that the word “privilege” doesn’t mean you didn’t have to work for what you have.

AAWG: I don’t care what it means to you. I care what it means to ME.


I: I’m just saying...

AAWG: You’re constantly (‘air quotes’) “just sayin’” and nobody is ever really doing. (glances at his phone screen) Look at this, my phone is blowin’ up! Thank my friends for helping your ratings.

I: Speak a little bit more about what your fears are all about.

AAWG: I don’t want to say I side with the Nazis or White Supremacists or anything. I’m not about that in the least. But let’s be honest. They do have a point.

I: Are you really…

AAWG: Now hear me out! Hear me out. When you look at how white guys are treated in this country? It’s like THEY are the illegal immigrants. All the criticism, all the anger is directed at us, and Trump is kind of the lightning rod for that. He is the Average White Guy, and we’re seeing all the hate from everyone who is not. That’s why people hate him. He’s just the white guy and people hate white guys right now. We can’t say a word. We have no voice.

I: Do you really believe that Trump is the Average White Guy?

AAWG: Well he is a white guy, but no, really, he’s better than average. And he’s helping to give us our voice back. You read his tweets. You know what he talks about. This way, he’s going right to the people to tell them his thoughts. They aren’t getting filtered and censored by the mainstream.

I: What would you like to see; what is your best case scenario?

AAWG: I hope that Ginsburg and Kennedy croak so that Trump gets to appoint two more justices to the Supreme Court. I hope that people start holding the people who really are responsible for the problems in this country responsible, like the illegal immigrants who should be kicked out of the country as soon as they’re found, the welfare cheats who are a major tax burden to the hard-working people of our country, the people causing the violent crime who need to be locked up and taken out of our society permanently, and that people like you, in the media, will finally stop poking into areas that nobody cares about. How many times can people ask to see those stupid taxes? How many times can people claim Russia is involved when there is no proof?

I: And what do you think the final result of all of that would be?

AAWG: Making America Great Again! The idea was to go back to a time when America stood for something, when men were men and weren’t afraid to act like it, where women were women and weren’t competing with the men who are working to support them. Where we aren’t flaunting our sexual deviancy for everyone to see. Where we don’t punish a business owner for making a moral decision between their faith and their need to obey a law that is wrong. Where we all stand for the National Anthem. Where we protect against illegals and support those in charge. That’s MY kind of America. And that’s Trump’s America. Welcome to it, unless you don’t belong here.

I: As you can tell, there are strong feelings on both sides of the discussion. And clearly this is how some of America…

AAWG: MOST of America.

I: (using ‘air quotes’) “MOST” of America is feeling right about now. Back to you in the studio.

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This piece was written for LJ Idol using a prompt from Week [23] of this season’s competition: Backing The Wrong Horse.

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
marlawentmad
Aug. 31st, 2017 01:41 am (UTC)

I admit it, the relevancy in this entry is just painful. You did a wonderful job of capturing tone in this one. It is a wonderful use of the prompt.

penpusher
Aug. 31st, 2017 05:25 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. For better or worse, politics has been a big part of my season on Idol and I had to include something like that here. I didn't want to make it overtly critical, but as a person who regularly keeps up with the Breitbart set, it's important to reflect that their opinions are out there too. Listening is a part of the process and it's important for all of us to hear what everyone else is saying...
halfshellvenus
Aug. 31st, 2017 09:34 pm (UTC)
Ouch-- so much truth, it hurts!

AAWG: I don’t care what it means to you. I care what it means to ME.

That nails it, for a lot of people who really don't understand the concept. The side-effects of presumption of competence are just one of the areas of privilege, but that seems to be too much of a brain-bender to absorb. Just the lack of (for others) automatic hurdles seems to be too 'difficult' to hang onto.

Then there's the lack of specifics on the Obama administration, and the lack of concrete benefits for the average person under Trump.

Critical thinking-- how is it so rare?
penpusher
Sep. 1st, 2017 10:33 pm (UTC)
I had to walk a bit of a tightrope with this one, and I'm glad people are responding to it as I had intended. There really is a totally different view that is going on out there, and that view isn't just a variance in how to see the issue, it's actually blocking any conversation about the circumstance, meaning that it's that much more difficult to even discuss what's going on, let alone attempt to resolve it.

And that's the thing about this: it's to the advantage of those with power that they do not use critical thinking. It blocks that discussion we need to have to begin to resolve these issues. The question is: how do you penetrate a closed loop.

Thanks for reading and for some really important thoughts.
i_17bingo
Sep. 1st, 2017 10:30 pm (UTC)
The Average American White Guy is an asshole.
penpusher
Sep. 1st, 2017 10:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I think he doesn't see it that way. But the question really is can we even start talking to him? If yes, there's hope. If no, then I'm not sure where this is going to go, but it won't be pretty.

Thanks very much for reading!
messygorgeous
Sep. 4th, 2017 09:22 pm (UTC)
Ugh, this was like a conversation with my ex husband, who is very much the AAWG portrayed here, with these same opinions and same hard headed determination to not listen to anyone else about our government. Sometimes I feel a little bad for the way men are portrayed in the media, but sometimes, I know there's more than a grain of truth in it.
penpusher
Sep. 4th, 2017 10:21 pm (UTC)
I think we need to be as fair as possible when it comes to any discussion, and I really tried to be fair here. I think when you view things from this point of view, it probably seems reasonable, maybe even justified. But that ignores so much of the landscape it's tough to even call it "cherry picking" when most of the tree is simply not in the picture!

Thanks so much for reading and for your comment.
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