You know something is wrong when young white men feel like the system doesn't work for them.
I found him smoking one cig after another in front of my building. He smoked Marlboro's and was from "the sticks" a place on 5 acres in rural Virginia, raised on well water, hunted meat, and vegetables grown in his yard. He was rocking a baseball cap backwards and cocked, with shorts and wallabees.
We talked about NASCAR and the election. He shared with me the excitement of tailgating outside a race and the difference between a short and long track race in terms of strategy. On the topic of the election I I discovered that at 26 he's never voted and doesn't plan on it. He is that white male voter that Romney and Obama are salivating for and yet he has no intention of participating in this election.
He says that what we have here in the United States is not a democracy, that it does not reflect the will of the people. He also insists that you cannot trust anyone and that all we have in this world are ourselves. In between puffs he rambled on about the way neighbors are quick to call you out for anything and how the things people in Virginia really care about are guns and that no matter who gets elected anyone who wants to get a gun can get one.
"Don't matter," he says, "I can take you somewhere right now where you can get a gun for $50 - might have a few bodies on it though, but if you want to get a gun, you can get one no matter who is elected".
A chef, he was the most animated when he spoke about the factory food system and his preference for locally sourced food of all kinds. "I want to know where my food comes from" he said as he inhaled."none of these jokers running for President are going to fix the mess we are in with food, why would I vote for either of them?"