The best hour of radio I have heard in my life occurred today listening to Dennis Prager during the noon segment of his own radio show. His topic was, as he described it….”The Wussification of America!”
Actually, it should be titled, “The Feminization of America!’……for it is the ultimate battle in a culture between the female approach to matter…..feelings, dominating the male approach to matter……problem solving. It is a war between security and liberty…..female versus male……the let’s pretend against what is……the reader who prefers romance and fiction and the one who prefers to figure how to get things to work.
If cultures can become over masculinized, it is simple common sense the cultures can become over-feminized.
Historically, over-feminzed cultures become vulnerable. They are in decline……for they have lost common sense, raison d etre and search for truth for the dream of peace and cuddle.
Democrat Governor Ed Rendell becomes the headlight in the fog. He bristled at the postponement of the Vikings-Philadelphia Eagles football game last Sunday due to a rather pussyfoot snowfall in Philadelphia.
Margaret Carlson carries her story, “Wussy White House Needs Rendell Power”, rising out of the Philadelphia scene:
“Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s romp through the media following the cancellation of the Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings football game shows why he is often mentioned as just the person to bring the rarefied West Wing of the White House down to Earth.
Having trouble connecting with real people over there in the Oval Office? Rendell’s a human switchboard — and he’s available starting next month, when his term as governor ends.
His latest pronouncement came on Sunday after the National Football League’s rare postponement of a game due to a forecast of snow. In Rendell’s world, real men live to make a touchdown in the snow.
“This is football. Football’s played in bad weather,” Rendell said before the storm struck his city on Sunday but after the NFL had postponed the Sunday-night game. He predicted the major roads would stay open throughout the storm.
In a welter of other interviews, he waxed nostalgic over great games played under the worst conditions, from the 1967 NFL Championship game (the “Ice Bowl” in Green Bay) to the 2002 New England Patriots-Oakland Raiders “Tuck Rule” game to this month’s match between the Patriots and the Bears in Chicago.
Rendell is one of the few unmanaged politicians left. If he hadn’t been Philadelphia district attorney, then mayor for two terms, then Pennsylvania governor since 2003, Rendell might well have been a sports broadcaster. Oh, wait a minute! He is a sportscaster, giving commentary on Comcast SportsNet following Eagles games for years.
As the snow continued on Sunday, he didn’t stop at gloating that every roadway had been “treated, plowed and passable.” Grandmothers in Buicks could have handled the Schuylkill Expressway. “Not one accident,” Rendell crowed.
By Monday, the NFL’s decision to postpone the Eagles- Vikings game stood for, well, everything that ails us.
“We’ve become a nation of wusses,” Rendell declared. “The Chinese are kicking our butt in everything. If this was in China do you think the Chinese would have called off the game? People would have been marching down to the stadium, they would have walked and they would have been doing calculus on the way down.”
Though his football remarks got the most attention in our sports-crazed culture, the throw-away line about China provided the legs that carried the story to “NBC Nightly News” and the BBC. Just this month, U.S. education officials were surprised by a report that showed students in China outperforming American kids by a wide margin in reading, math and science.
Trophies for All
Pre-wussification, we were an economic powerhouse, and our children were the best-educated in the world, until we decided to sheathe our little princes and princesses in bubble wrap. We give them graduation ceremonies for getting through nursery school, a trophy just for showing up at soccer. We’ve removed play from the playground to keep them from scraping a knee. We intervene like lawyers in every dispute.
At school, where the teacher should always be right, parents quibble over grades and behavior and prefer longer summer vacations to a longer school year, the norm in other countries.
In Shanghai’s schools, which topped the international test results, neatly dressed and engaged students work long hours on a curriculum that is creative and intellectually rich. Take no comfort in the belief that they study to the test; that’s what we do now, to try to get accountability into a broken system.
Americans-as-wusses was a disturbing thought to drop on a holiday-dazed country, but Rendell is known for going rogue, even on himself.
Despite loving sports, he isn’t always a team player. He bucked his party’s establishment and their handpicked candidate when he ran for governor. He happened to be on television when the Supreme Court ruled in Bush v. Gore and said immediately that Al Gore should concede the 2000 presidential election.
During the 2008 campaign, referring to the space between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh — known locally as Alabama — Rendell blurted out that his state was full of “conservative whites” who were “probably not ready to vote for an African- American candidate.”
He became an enthusiastic supporter of that African- American candidate, Barack Obama, helping to deliver his swing state. But when Obama appointed Rendell’s good friend, former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, as Homeland Security secretary, he delivered this observation: “Janet’s perfect for that job. Because for that job, you have to have no life. Janet has no family. Perfect.”
He meant it as a compliment. Really.
The criticism of Obama’s West Wing is that it is an elite, inbred crowd — a little wussy, perhaps — that fails to connect with people even when it delivers the goods, as it did in the final days of the lame-duck Congress. Rendell, a cross between a steelworker and a linebacker, could be a one-man corrective.
After he moves his sports memorabilia and his two golden retrievers out of the governor’s mansion in Harrisburg, the only job he tells friends he’s really interested in is commissioner of Major League Baseball.
When asked on TV about whether he might fill Rahm Emanuel’s shoes as White House chief of staff, Rendell’s reply is always that the best man for the job is Colin Powell. When Colin Powell is asked about it, he says the perfect choice would be Ed Rendell.
Gentlemen, let’s toss a coin and decide.”
Further comment: The feminized prefer to dream peace, love and the compliment of sweet words and any rule where security is guaranteed. If left unchallenged, they remain simple, weak, and defenseless as they were born. Such societies become soft. They pay tribute for protection. They “are not murdered. They commit suicide”.
Above all, the masculinized fight to solve problems and be free to think and explore and accomplish. If unharnessed they remain the predator they were born to be. We see the overmasculined societies in the black inner cities of America and the Jihadic Arab world, where the brutal run rule.
When I went to public school, both elementary and secondary, old maid school teachers ran the show. They were supremely well educated, knew they worked in a place where they were supposed to teach knowledge, and furthermore, they knew what knowledge the learner had to have to become an aware and worthy human being for the student’s personal and citizen life. These were females succeeding in a very masculinized environment.
As a student from k-12, I was never asked how I felt. We never had lessons designed to make anyone feel how Muslims might feel living in “Christian” society. Boys were able to rough house on the playground. No one ever, ever used bad language.
No medications were given to anyone to feel this way or that way. A single woman stood in total control of 30-36 children in elementary school class. And in high school a single woman stood it total control of 30-36 students providing a curriculum that was to be mastered. Standards were established and were honored. Those who performed got better judgments than those who for whatever reason performed less.
The entire educational institution knew what its purpose was supposed to be…….To teach knowledge to prepare students for adult life in a democratic nation. The old maid school teachers were dedicated to do just that.
The public schools I attended were never closed because of inclement weater…..even when -28 F. There were no school lunch handouts. No guns, no drugs, no police, no lawyers, no Obama love songs for students to memorize. The picture of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and later, Harry S. Truman, was on the wall in every classroom which also displayed an American flag.
We had a number of DP students during my high school years, 1948-52. These were Displaced Persons, refugees from the European conflagration of the second world war. Esthonians, Yugoslavians, Ukranians, Jews. They were treated no differently from any American citizen. I think they studied more, however. We had no lessons regarding how we were or they were supposed to feel.
I wound up in a college prep stream. For those who did not show a record of scholastic performance were provided other schedules. I had learned, whether I liked it or not, by age 14 that I was responsible for my actions both good and bad at all times at those schools. I was a profoundly curious but poorly disciplined student, so I had ups and downs.
I never spent a singled second talking with anyone acting as a ‘school counselor’.
Besides the sciences and math,we were taught American things and classic literature….what was important for Americans to know about their country and the struggles of those in our past. No education is perfect….there is too much to know…..but I and others were given a solid groundwork of knowledge.
Unfortunately, we took our country for granted as it turned out. We didn’t make certain our children would enjoy the same discipline. I tried. We sent our three children to an Episcopalian elementary school. They received about the same education in this private school that I got free in my public school education decades earlier.
The public school had not yet fallen into a tarpits of ‘Progressive’ political and cultural revolution and feminized equality. That would come later.
It will probably never recover.