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It’s great to hear from bald men, even if some of the role models aren’t ideal

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Originally published on on Mon, 10/20/2008 – 8:52am

There are many undervalued constituencies that come out every four years and get acknowledged. But usually they are “soccer moms” in one form or another: security moms or hockey moms.

And I certainly can’t say white men are ignored in a presidential race. Quite frankly, even though I am a white male, way too many white males voted for Bush in the last two elections.

But there is a segment of white males that haven’t had their voices heard too often, and now in the last month or so, we are finally seeing this segment of white males finally get the attention they deserve. The bald white man.

There were quite a few bald white men in the audience of the Nashville debate. Some of them even got to ask questions. It was a beautiful moment.

As a white male who can count his hairs on two or three hands, I feel like society doesn’t put us in the greatest light. On television, we play bad guys, creepy guys, or twisted guys. And don’t give me Kojak as an example — that was a fluke.

Unfortunately, our latest bald man isn’t putting us in the best light — Joe the plumber. We are bald men with many issues, and we don’t think Social Security is a joke, and we pay our taxes. We’re not liars who overvalue what we make.

Some of us like being portrayed as scary (Joe the plumber) since it’s easier to go with the flow. But others of us are normally more sensitive due to the reaction of our heads.

We also know that given our condition, we wouldn’t have a chance of being elected president. Yes, Dwight Eisenhower was bald, but he was a 62 when elected and a mighty general in World War II. And in this modern era, we know it’s easier if you have John Edwards-type hair.

When you are an undervalued member of society, you have to take positive and negative role models. And just hope that the negative role models don’t reflect on the regular people, the ones that don’t get on TV.

All of this is a little more amusing when you consider that one of us is running for president, well, sort of. John McCain is running for president, and doesn’t have much hair. But he isn’t one of us in the truest sense.

People can handle bald men easier when they’re old because they figure that time just does that to them. Those who bald after 60 can’t relate to those who bald before 40 (or in my case, 30).

But McCain can relate to us on one level. From the Nashville debate:

“Ninety-five percent of the American people will have increased funds to go out and buy the insurance of their choice and to shop around and to get — all those people will be covered, except for those who have these gold-plated Cadillac kinds of policies — you know, like hair transplants. I might need one of those myself.”

Now I have no idea where these alleged gold-plated Cadillac policies of which McCain speaks about. Where are health-care plans where you can get hair transplants?

But McCain acknowledged a key issue for the bald man — hair transplants. Imagine if McCain said we could hair transplants covered by his health-care plan. He might get quite a few more votes in his direction. After all, even if he technically isn’t one of us (by the way, he has more hair now than I do), McCain thinks he’s one of us.

We are white men who are follically challenged, and we have issues beyond hair transplants or the cost of hats. Most of us are nice, clean, peace-loving citizens who pay our taxes. We just want out voices heard by those who are running for president.


Written by democracysoup

October 20, 2008 at 8:52 am

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