Calloused Americans

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tommclaughlin
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Calloused Americans

After a few hours of writing on my laptop, I need to get up, change my clothes, and do another kind of work that involves more than my brain and my fingers on a keyboard. I have to use tools invented and manufactured in previous centuries — tools like saws, hammers, drills, chainsaws, tape measures, rulers, squares, scrapers, and the like. I have to think and work in three dimensions. I have to feel my tools and materials, and smell things like earth, sawn wood, or paint. I have to move my body, lift things, climb ladders, set up saw horses — either fix something or build it.

There are callouses on my hands and I own a pickup truck. That makes me different from most Americans on the east or west coast. That I’m also a heterosexual, white guy (HWG) makes it very likely that I voted for Trump. When the uncalloused try to analyze what happened last November 8th, they refer to us as “non-college-educated white men.” It’s ill-concealed condescension, but if called out on it, the uncalloused hastily add a Seinfeldesque: “…not that there’s anything wrong with that” as a further effort to camouflage contempt.

They were the ones laughing last September 9th in New York City when a smug Hillary Clinton put half of Trump supporters into a “basket of deplorables.” We’re not nearly as sophisticated as she and her audience. We’re calloused, deplorable, HWGs. We’re “irredeemable” because we can never be as smart as they are — even though we’re the ones they call when something doesn’t work and they cannot figure out why, or something breaks and they don’t know how to fix it. They think our intelligence is limited, but we know it’s the other way around. We know more about their world than they know about ours, but they never suspect that.

We were the ones laughing on November 9th — at the shocked faces of the uncalloused sophisticates on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, as well as the tearful faces on college campuses. We’re still chuckling at pussyhat marches and the rest of the protests.

The rest is here.

Jasper
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An excerpt from one the

An excerpt from one the comments on Tom's recent rant which pretty much sums up his garbage (which he hilariously regards as journalism) in general:

Lumping the entire American population into one of two caricatures that really only exist in political cartoons is the stuff of an Onion article, not the distilled conclusions of a serious and objective observer of the political landscape.

Mainelion
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Putting people in two baskets

Putting people in two baskets? You mean like your heroine Hillary Rodham Clinton did?

You can't make this stuff up. Like Christmas every day.

Jasper
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Wow, two overused mantras in

Wow, two overused mantras in one post. You deplorables are so original and creative.

Mainelion
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Man I love watching your head

Man I love watching your head explode. Christmas every day indeed.

Bruce Libby
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That is why we will not see

That is why we will not see any writing from Smegma that is creative and original.

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Ya.

Ya.
That's because it doesn't believe in Christmas.

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