Full Disclosure

I never saw it coming. It never even occurred to me that I would be seen as one of “them”. I have been around a long time and have watched my nation and our world continue to evolve. And I, not always willingly, have evolved right along with it. I have seen wars and natural disasters. I am aware of hunger and poverty. And, I am also the beneficiary of the freedom offered by my country.
I have always tried to do the right thing, calling upon the values instilled in me by my parents and teachers and clergy. I have experienced losses, both personal and materialistic. I have tried to rise above mediocrity, and tried to learn and benefit from my failures. But it appears that isn’t enough.
It seems that, through no fault of my own that I can discern, I am the member of a class of people that are increasingly becoming the object of distain. Not just some of us. Apparently it is anyone that meets the criteria. I have seen the verbal finger pointing increase over the last few years and accelerate more recently. Innuendo has become accusation and said accusation implies guilt.
Now I will be the first to admit that within this group, as in any group, there are those that probably deserve the label. They have in fact acted in a way that has had detrimental results for other groups and the other groups are fed up. I understand that, just as I understand that the accusers have a few problems of their own. But I have difficulty being cataloged based purely on genetics. You see, I am, and for the foreseeable future will continue to be an “old white man”. It seems that in a very short period of time, I have gone from being an independent being to becoming a political talking point. Everything that is wrong with my world is because of me and my ilk.
This world is no stranger to age bias, sexual bias, or race bias so I guess it was just a matter of time before we could lump all that into a specific category to hate. I’m just sorry that so many people find it necessary to try to exploit the failings of others for their own aggrandizement.
I never wished to run for public office and I would not wish to in todays environment. I am sure that someone would find any skeletons I have in my closet and exploit them. So in an effort to exhibit total transparency I would like to disclose the following. It was me that peed in the sandbox in Kindergarten.

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at poormanspoet.wordpress.com to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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4 Responses to Full Disclosure

  1. quiall says:

    Well said. It is sad that people seem to have a need to hate . . . and any one will do.

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  2. White Males is a concept. Like Women…men can love individual women but hate women as a group. It’s about WHITE MALE POWER in government, religion, in everything. Only ONE is ever heard or allowed in. White males make policy that tell women what they can do with their bodies and the laws are written to protect men, not women. It’s like that in ever facet of life. No one hates you specifically, you just belong to a group that puts its foot on our necks and keeps everyone but rich white males in power. So don’t feel bad for yourself, try and change the way things are instead. So we are raped, beaten, murdered, kept in poverty, die because of botched abortions and unable to be priests, have a voice in the senate, House or anywhere else. Because White Males deserve the hatred directed at them because of the things they do and stop others from doing, all of us suffer and even die.

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  3. George says:

    Lol…I always knew it was you.
    But you’re very right about this. It seems there always has to be someone to blame and old white guts are the flavor of the month at the moment. I wonder who it’ll be when we’re not around anymore.

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