• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Dem Ditsy Fascists Blame Christchurch Murders in New Zealand on Trump Republicans…..!

OBSERVATIONS ON CHRISTCHURCH

by John Hinderaker    at PowerLine:

We haven’t written anything about the Christchurch, New Zealand, massacre. There probably isn’t much to say. Nevertheless, a few observations.

1) Liberals wasted no time trying to make political hay out of the slaughter. The deplorable Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tied the murders to President Trump. It is noteworthy that liberals attribute almost superhuman powers to Donald Trump, attributing responsibility to him for pretty much anything that goes on in the world. The only phenomena for which the Left does not assign responsibility to the president are the intended, beneficent results of his own policies.

2) Brenton Tarrant published a typical mass murderer’s manifesto in which he described himself as an “eco-fascist,” expressed hatred for conservatism and said that Communist China is his ideal country. Tarrant is an environmentalist who bought the global warming hype hook, line and sinker. His closest analogy is perhaps the Unabomber.

Why focus on immigration and birth rates when climate change is such a huge issue?

Because they are the same issue, the environment is being destroyed by over population, we Europeans are one of the groups that are not over populating the world. The invaders are the ones over populating the world. Kill the invaders, kill the overpopulation and by so doing save the environment.

But poring over the ravings of lunatics to find ideological meaning is basically useless, like examining the entrails of a chicken in search of omens.

3) From a policy standpoint, the only lesson that can be drawn from the Christchurch massacre is reflected in the difference in the casualty totals between the two attacks. Forty-one were killed at the Dean Ave. mosque, the first one that was targeted, where the murderer had plenty of time and at one point returned to his vehicle to reload. There were only seven killed at the Linwood mosque because one of the worshippers was armed:

A second shooting happened at a mosque in the Linwood area of the city.

One Friday prayer goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots around 1.45 pm.

A well known Muslim local chased the shooters and fired two shots at them as they sped off.

He was heard telling police officers he was firing in “self defence”.

Early reports of catastrophic events like these always turn out to be wrong in some respects, but it does appear that armed self-defense was the key to the less tragic outcome at Linwood. Murder is the result of human evil and will never be eradicated in this world, but if more people arm themselves, there will be fewer mass murder events.

 

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/03/observations-on-christchurch.php

Note from ghr:   Near East Coptic Christians have been murdered by Islamists  in  the tens of thousands in the Near East the past two decades, but America’s newsprint and television empires have never given the slaughters much attention……even in the
“fair and balance” world.   We read in Leftist Republican owned fascistic StarTribune this morning’s edition, “MASSACRE WAS FUELED BY HATE”…..followed by “Self-described racist, fascist, killed 49 in New Zealand mosque attacks” for a sub title……even though racist and fascist are neither very  truthful nor accurate adjectives to apply unless readers are given far more information about the race and politics of the victims who, we  were told, were Muslims.   Perhaps the victims in New Zealand  included white Muslims.

We have a lot of Islamists in Minnesota these days….most from Somalia, most in Minneapolis.   The most popular Islamist in the US Congress is well known, loud speaking DEMOCRAT  Islamist, Ilhan Omar who represents Minneapolis’s 5th District.

The Washington Post and New York Times are the major majorettes reporting front ten page news at today’s Mpls StarTribune……which is owned by a RINO.

 

Can Our America and Donald Defeat the Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie, and Pelosi Ditsy Fascist Crowd?

Why Never Trumpers Will Never Shut Up

by Kurt Schlichter  at Townhall:

There are not that many Never Trumpers anymore, though the media (and the remnant Never Trumpers) try to fool you into thinking so. The honest Never Trumpers, the ones who thought that this orange New York real estate developer with the succession of hot wives was not a real conservative and would betray us the first chance he got, have evolved. It turns out that Donald Trump is the most consistently and effectively conservative president since Reagan. The Never Trumpers who weren’t in on the scam noticed his track record of conservative success and morphed.

Some became actively pro-Trump. I fit in there, as the first chapter of my book Militant Normals describes. Now, I was anti-Trump, not Never Trump, since I was already Never Jeb! and Never Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit and you can only have so many nevers in your life. Trump earned my support with his consistent and remarkable conservative achievements, so he got it. I am now an advocate, highlighting his successes, much as I do as a lawyer for clients. There are plenty of folks ready to highlight his missteps, and I seek his success.

Others are still freaked out about his pugnacious, allegedly unseemly manner (which I and others consider a strong plus), and they became merely Trump Neutral. Many of them fret about his mean tweets and wish he had the quiet dignity that the rest of us associate with failures like George W. Bush – you know, the kind of Republicans Democrats love in retrospect. These are the folks who “call balls and strikes,” criticize him where they oppose him and support him (sometimes grudgingly) when he does something they like. Fair enough – you have to follow your principles, assuming you have any.

Which brings us to the cruise-shilling hacks of Conservative, Inc., who are still ticked off that this guy came along and threw a handful of sand into the gears of the grand donor grift they had been running for three decades.

The Fredocons needed someplace to go, the Michael Corleones of conservatism having kicked them out of the family following their betrayal. The Never Trumpers, who have now gathered on deck at whatever sad website The Bulwark is after having gathered on the deck of the recently-sunk Weekly Standard, crave attention. That’s why whoever Charlie Sykes is – he edits The Bulwark and tweets about how conservatives have disappointed him – decided to send a leftist abortion activist to CPAC as the site’s correspondent so she could give what-for to those icky pro-life people who are trying to stop the Democrat infanticide push. But hey, when some liberal billionaire is bankrolling your Trojan horse conservative outlet, you need to walk a fine line between trying to look enough like a horse to get inside the gates but still be enough like a donkey so your benefactor keeps writing you checks.

Now, the backlash these hacks received from the CPAC fiasco had the salutary effect of reuniting some alienated conservatives. Pretty much everyone in actual conservatism agreed; this was a garbage move by a garbage outfit dedicated to garbage outcomes and their own personal benefit. Sykes tried to play the victim, but no one was buying what these scammers were selling – as I put it on Twitter: “True Conservatism (TM) now means *squints* hiring a left-wing descendant of literal communists for your magazine and promoting her Marxist ramblings while having her troll pro-life events wearing your credentials. Ahoy. [cruise ship emoji x 20]” Too bad it took standing up together against killing babies to realize that the people at the various levels of sub-Never Trump skepticism have done so much more to unite us than divide us.

Today’s Never Trump is a tiny group of greedy misfits whose gravy train got derailed – they would put it “an elite group of select individuals of discerning taste” – but we actual conservatives do spend a lot of time on manhandling them. They cite that as evidence of their lasting influence, but it’s actually the result of two other factors. The first is human nature – people hate traitors. There’s a reason civil wars tend to be so much more brutal than other wars. It’s the sense of betrayal, and the actions of turncoats like Bill Kristol – whose tiresome Twitter feed is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish from those of Senator Will Brown Side Piece and Senator Panders with Wolves – infuriate the very same people he shamelessly hustled for decades.

The other reason is that the Never Trumpers have a media presence utterly out of proportion to their dwindling numbers and influence. Why? Because they say exactly what the leftist media needs them to say. You know when you get a Never Trumper on your MSNBC or CNN show, he’s going to faithfully parrot the party line of Nickleback-channel cliché Joe Scarborough or noted particle physicist Don Lemon. When I defended Trump on CNN in 2015, Lemon cut my mic, and I’ve never been back on CNN since (though, hilariously they once called me begging to come on to discuss a big story because I was one of only a few in-the-know people without a non-disclosure agreement on the issue – I told them to pound sand). They want shills and hacks, and when you want shills and hacks, you get yourself a Never Trumper.

The problem is, for the uninformed in the CNN/MSNBC audience, including those stuck at the airport and forced against their will to watch, having these Never Trumpers on identified as “Republicans” or “conservatives” gives the impression that actual Republicans and/or conservatives agree with the liberal narrative. The fact is, the likes of Jeff Flake and Charlie Sykes speak for no one who isn’t already inclined to be a Lido Deck-dweller on the upcoming Bulwark cruise.

So, what is their endgame? Do they even have one, or are they going to just run out the grift until the latest billionaire sucker tires of setting fire to his money? They can’t believe that somewhere down the road, if they keep the fires of appeasement and defeat in the face of aggressive progressivism alive, we Normals are going to come to our senses and demand a return to the paradigm of losing like good gentlemen. Sean Trende had a terrific thread on this, especially when he points out that The Bulwark’sattack on the prosecution of the cultural issues that motivate the base more than the GOP establishment priority of sucking up to big business makes reconciliation difficult.

There can’t be a reconciliation, not on their terms. There is no path to an outcome where the representatives of the conservative base that supports Trump comes to its senses and shows up at Jeb! Bush’s compound, wailing “We were wrong! Save us!”

The Never Trumpers seem to have no answer to the Trump era except to pine for a return to a status quo that we simply won’t return to – one where the government is run by, and run for, the ruling class. The country must continue to evolve to incorporate Normal Americans’ interests, a process Trump began, or it may fall apart. I write about an America split apart into red and blue in my novels People’s RepublicIndian Country and Wildfire, and while my hypothetical future is action-packed and occasionally hilarious (at the expense of liberals), potential chaos is not a good thing. And the Never Trumpers are making it more likely.

Our course of action as actual conservatives is therefore clear. We need to pound the Never Trumpers into well-deserved irrelevance. And judging from their performance lately, we have an invaluable ally in our war on the Never Trumpers…the Never Trumpers themselves.

The Arrival of the American Feminazi Movement in that Dem Party of Today!

Our America in Deep Trouble!

Why on Earth, in the world of the human being,  throughout known history, is the  supreme GOD,  MALE…..and not female?

Because the human male animal was and still  is born programmed…… to be a killer,  and curious…..a problem solver….a builder…….a hunter, an inventor……a dreamer, a protector, defender  of his brood and clan,  a seeker  exposing the unknown.  for the sake of the survival of the species.

I was born a child of the Great Depression, raised in a five room bungalow during the Second World War,  taught and  educated in our  American world of the  JudeoChristian God.

I was lucky….very lucky, for I lived in a culture which  taught me  to seek and defend Truth above all matters for my family and my country……for Truth would make me, neighbors and our country become closer to God.   Neither I nor my family were alone in those days.   Families had mothers and fathers in those days.

Guys and gals of my schooling  were taught similar manners.  They were Americans too.  Gals were also taught to be girls.   Boys were controlled to be boys…..both sexes were  taught JudeoChristian values!

Until I entered college in 1952, I sensed girls were by Nature and Culture more disciplined students than boys.    They did their homework neater, read books faster and more frequently, and until high school were rather shy about making noises causing attention.   Despite lack of discipline, I loved learning in college.  I was born curious.  I had been taught by my teachers that the more I’d learn in school, the closer to God I would become.  I had a profound reading problem, however.   My teachers knew it better than I did.

I attended K through eighth grade, during the Depression and War years, 1939-1948)  at newly built Horace Mann School in St. Paul, Minnesota.  I earned my first college degree in 1956, majoring in Geography and Russian.    I did enter the army in 1957, the year I was also married.   I returned to college in 1959 to get a degree in Education….so I could teach Social Studies, American and World History, and Russian.

My first professional career was teaching Russian at the University of Minnesota High School, the fall of 1960.    I didn’t know at the time,  that  within eight years the truth-seeking America I knew and loved, would begin its decay rotting into the Leftist fascistic nation  we now endure.    It was Betty Friedan time.

Americans have since been  told, programmed, preached, that there are no longer important differences between human  man and human woman……that women  of our modern time are equal or even better  carbon copies  in their abilities than  the human male, especially the cruel white human male,  and always have been…..that throughout the countless million, billion years of our planet past, this white man,  has abused, imprisoned, crippled, cheated, belittled,  murdered, warred against   his mate and innocent others throughout the world.

America’s current  godlessness assures fems they’ve been forever cheated….and today is their day to revolt and rise to worship the Hillarys,  Ocasio-Cortezes and fellow feminazis  of our today’s new world.   However,  there is a problem here no one dares expose……….The human female animal is born  ditsy, moody, flaky,  seeking  attention, protection, and care.  FEELINGS, not Truth, is the human female animal’s primary animal drive.  She does bear curiosity, but not the male drive kind.      It has been the human male’s curiosity that has made  nothing in life stay the same generation to generation.  Despite the rise of America’s noisy feminazism,  he keeps inventing, problem making and solving, protecting and so on by the drive  given to him by   Nature, God’s Nature, if you prefer.

Yet, in  today’s ever more  feminazified America, he and his masses are suffering because he no longer can find his room to labor, imagine, and invent and be father to his children  in our today’s American “feminazified” culture.

Learning knowledge has been disappearing from our American “learning” institutions since the 1960s.   Leftist lies now dominate as a religion at our schools and universities from coast to coast.   Today’s fascistic Democrat Party deceit is taught and preached without any reverence to Truth.  It’s goal seems to be more Soviet and Mao, than Nazi.  Hillary was and still is merely an old fashioned Crooked Liar by habit and probably by birth.    About 20% of traditional big  money-making business Republicans are fascist stimulated the leftist way these days because they can’t own Our Full Blooded American Donald J. Trump.

I became a Democrat when I got married….I wanted to please my wife.   Her folks and their kin folk  were Southerners, poor,  rural and small town Arkansans.   Her Father was college educated.   Her Mother, one of sixteen children raised in rural Pine Bluff wound up teaching  school in rural Texas until the Depression hit he rural South hard in the early 1930s when both were displaced until they wound up living in our Duluth, here in Minnesota.    My father-in-law, after a year of being jobless, was able to secure part time work as an inspector for the Chicago-Northwestern Railway in 1932.   Two boys of the sixteen offspring were in the Navy at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941……one on the Oklahoma…..and they both survived the bombing and the war.   One of my wife’s uncles did die rather young however due to his war experiences.

Our today’s Dems, especially their fems,  are far more modern in the up-to-date  than yesterday’s  Dems and fems back then.   They and their husbands  honored motherhood,  family, and country, first and foremost because of their faith in God and the JudeoChristian teachings to be Truthful and love thy father and mother, to obey the Ten Commandments for a better Life.

I knew before I went into military service I,  a human being, was an animal.   Being a child of the second world war, I wanted to know what I would do if shot at.   Could I kill another human being.    Winston Churchill was my favorite “American” during and after the second world war.    I loved his quotes…..the best being:   “The most exhilarating moment in Life is to have been SHOT AT……..(and have been missed!”)

“What would I do if shot at” came to mind many times during and after the War.   We boys in the neighborhood “played” war countless  times each Summer during school  vacation during WWII.   In winter we’d build igloos with snow on an empty lot across our alley,   and then dive bomb them with ice bombs from our toy B17 bomber planes  like we’d  see in the news reels on Saturday afternoons at our neighborhood  movie theater.

Being a potential killer, the human male animal MUST be taught religiously, profoundly to follow the JudeoChristian Ten Commandments Godfearingly.   Murders are a way of common life in far too many American neighborhoods these days.  Lefty idiots and their friends  blame guns.    I blame our Godless, 21st century LEFT WING fascistic culture,  especially the present Dem Fem Party Nazi-like chronic liars like Adam Schiff one…..and the reality that our millennials who make so much noise and trouble are close to know-nothings thanks to our left wing godless fascists at school and universities.

Fascism occurs in any culture when Truth, knowledge,  and free expression are no longer  taught and valued …hello America’s Lefty DemFem Party,  AD2019.

Today’s American Dem Party has been thoroughly  feminized for their leaders are  now  selling the human culture killer, fascistic Socialism to vulnerable Americans.

Whereas the human male animal is aware he is born programmed to carry  a killer  instinct, which is needed from time to time for the species to survive,  he must learn to Godfearing enough to control his violence potential.

The human female is not programmed to be a killer to save the species.     She KILLS THE SPECIES WHEN SHE DOESN’T PRODUCE ANY CHILDREN.  Is she then born to be perfect?

Of course not.   The human female animal is born programmed  to ditsy when adult….moody  instincts throughout her adult life when  feelings often “trump”  Truth in order to seek and receive  comfort, protection, and security.  (But,  she is usually too emotional to think about such things…..)

 

 

 

We also live in a western world of feminazism in which lefty fascist ditsy of  the Hillary and Ocasio-Cortez  and such kind seek to play God running

 

 

Why Does the Human Female Fashion to Fascism so Easily?

(with the arrival of our american feminazis!)

HER GOD-GIVEN  NATURE HAS CREATED HER NOT TO  BUILD, NOT TO PROTECT,  INVENT, SEEK TO EXPOSE THE UNKNOWN, BUT TO CRAVE SECURITY, PROTECTION, TO BE TAKEN CARE OF IN ORDER TO CONTINUE THE EXISTENCE OF THE HUMAN SPECIES.

Her mate, THE HUMAN MALE ANIMAL  is born by GOD’S-GIVEN NATURE, to protect her and  THE HUMAN ANIMAL’S off spring to continue the life of the species!   He is programmed to sire, to  be  a killer when needed, a protector, a provider, a hunter, a  builder,  a dreamer driven to be curious, to seek wisdom to solve problems.   He must be “schooled” to do so!

The human female animal is the origin, the housing of the beginning and  continuation of the human species.   Her survival, security relies upon HIM.

BOTH ANIMALS ARE BORN FLAWED, IGNORANT, UNAWARE, FOOLISH, INDIVIDUAL, and yet INNOCENT AND GIFTED TO ENDURE THE PAIN AND JOY OF LIFE, the only life we have!….and it is wonderful if we animals make it so.

…..and along comes the giddy of the  feminazi ditsies of our modern American human day.   Their  arrival  is inevitable when human wisdom, and its learnings and goodness begin to disappear from the human drive,  returning to the endless days of the abyss of nothingness beyond the animal even the amoeba.

DITSY Ocasio-Cortez’s Love and Dream to Build the Union of Soviet Socialist America

THE ASH HEAP OF HISTORY

by John Hinderaker  at PowerLine:

Thirty years ago, when the Soviet Union collapsed, I never imagined that a generation later socialism would be a threat to the United States. But bad ideas are, apparently, hard to kill–even when those bad ideas kill hundreds of millions.

Roger Simon says we should take socialism seriously, and I believe he is right. Roger locates the socialist virus in our educational system, and I think he is right about that, too. I would go farther and finger the teachers’ unions as the number one force for evil in this regard (and others).

Socialism is said to be popular among the young, which is consistent with the fact that history is pretty much untaught these days, and the most salient events of modern history seem to have gone down the media memory hole. The truth is that the ash heap of history is littered with socialist disasters. Some, like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and who knows how many other Democrats, want to lead us down that failed path. Michael Ramirez comments eloquently. Click to enlarge:

 

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/02/the-ash-heap-of-history.php

 

Fascistic Dems Led By Ditsy Pelosi Face Trouble in River City?

A BATTLE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SHOULD RELISH

by Paul Mirengoff  at PowerLine:

Yesterday, John noted that the escalating Democratic attacks on Catholicism are, in part, an attempt to prepare the battlefield for the day when Justice Ginsburg dies or is unable to continue on the Supreme Court. In that event, said John, President Trump will likely nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg, and Democrats will make Barrett’s religious faith the basis for attacking her nomination.

To which I say, bring it on.

Judge Barrett is the mother of seven children. Two of them were adopted from Haiti. Her youngest biological child has special needs. She is a remarkable and very sympathetic women.

In addition, she is a first rate legal mind. Barrett graduated summa cum laude from the Notre Dame Law School, where she was executive editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. She then clerked for our friend Judge Laurence Silberman on the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court.

As a law professor at Notre Dame, Barrett was twice named “distinguished professor of the year.” She continues to teach law as a sitting judge.

Do the Democrats really want to got after someone this sympathetic and this distinguished because she believes in the tenets of the Catholic faith? The answer seems to be yes. After all, they did it when Barrett’s nomination to the court of appeals was before the Senate.

But the Supreme Court is different. The public pays virtually no attention to battles over appeals court nominees. By contrast, as we saw with Brett Kavanaugh, fights over Supreme Court nominees rivet the nation.

Let’s say, hypothetically, that Judge Barrett is nominated to the Supreme Court in mid 2020, as the presidential race is heating up. Let’s hypothesize further that Senate Democrats try once again to savage Barrett because, as Sen. Feinstein once put it, Catholic dogma “lives loudly within” her.

How would serious, believing Catholic voters take this? Probably not well.

For this reason and because of her stellar qualifications, I’d be delighted to see President Trump nominate Judge Barrett for the Supreme Court if the opportunity arises. I’m a little less confident than John that Trump would nominate her. She interviewed with Trump for the last vacancy. According to the rumor mill, for whatever that might be worth, the interview didn’t go that well.

But if the Democrats are prepping the battlefield for a fight over Judge Barrett’s religious beliefs, it’s because (as John suggested) they can’t help themselves, not because they are thinking clearly about strategy.

 

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/01/a-battle-the-trump-administration-should-relish.php

Today’s DEM’S Leftist, Athiest, and Feminist Wars Against the Human Male Animal

GILLETTE AD WAXES NOSTALGIC ABOUT THE FATHERS  THE LEFT HAS YANKED FROM BOYS’ LIVES
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by Chad Felix Greene  at the Federalist:             (Article sent by Mark Waldeland.)
Boys are not lost because of toxic masculinity; they are lost because their fathers have been taken away from them and they cannot figure out how to fill that void with anything but rage and shame.
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Culture continuously recycles itself. The revolutionary social ideas of the past are now considered conservative and backward, and the new radical enlightenment often reflects what was once viewed as not progressive enough. One of the more profound ways this cycle has manifested has been in the role of men and masculinity in our society. Today, the left seems to be longing for the father figure they so arrogantly dismissed, mocked, and demonized decades ago.

From an endless stream of TV dads portrayed as childish, selfish, lazy, drunk, clownish, and failures to the celebration of childhood independence and maturity, the role of fathers has been largely removed from our media-driven notion of life. We have been encouraged to view dad as a humorous, but optional, counterpart to our primary parent, mom, who manages to keep our lives running smoothly mostly on her own, if not in spite of him. The media today appears surprised at the resulting cultural consequences.

Gillette, a men’s shaving company, released a new ad titled, “The Best a Man Can Be,” targeting their key demographic with a sobering and stern lecture on what failures men have become in our society.

The ad features older men staring at their own reflections in the mirror looking lost as a group of young boys chase another boy before the word “freak” flashes on screen. Another young boy is being held, crying, by his concerned mother as the group of boys breaks through the scene with various chat bubbles appearing, one saying “sissy.” The next scene shows moments of TV, from a black and white cartoon of men leering at a beautiful woman to a man slapping the rear-end of his housekeeper to what looks like a classic MTV spring break montage of young men and women behaving promiscuously for the camera.

Although the message aligns with current ideas of “toxic masculinity” and the concept of “rape culture” in which progressive feminists argue men are taught they can do, say, and get away with whatever they want, I saw a different message. The ad is telling a story of respectful, confident, moral young men taught self-respect and self-restraint from their fathers.

The image of a father teaching his son how to shave has become an iconic portrayal of the unique bonding between a father and son and the importance of that relationship on a young man’s development. The ad wants the audience of men to reflect on their behavior and consider the influence they have on their sons. The problem is, the cultural perspective behind the ad caused the very issues it is trying to address.

The Gillette Ad Promotes a Conservative Message

Ironically, the concept of young men having confident, positive male role models is a conservative message and has been for a long time. It has been the progressive left and the media that encouraged several generations of young men to indulge their every desire outside of morality or social structures like marriage.

Both young men and women have been told for decades to sexually objectify themselves and consider their impulses sacred rights rather than denying themselves through responsible behaviors. The culture has downgraded marriage and the family to, at best, a comic annoyance one grows out of to, at worst, a repressive and unhealthy outdated concept that should be rejected. The obsession with celebrating single motherhood as an act of feminist self-determination and a society that views fathers suspiciously as optional caregivers has denied far too many males sufficient role models.

An overly sexualized media combined with an overly violent entertainment culture has left generations of boys growing up with only TV shows to guide them. Fathers have been largely neglected and are often only celebrated when denouncing masculinity and embracing feminism.

While the progressive scoffs at this line of reasoning and has for a very long time, the truth is everything they lecture us about proper male behavior today, they aggressively shamed out of society a generation ago. This is simply what happens when the father’s authority in family life is denounced, shamed, and cut out altogether.

This is evidenced by the persistent fixation on toxic masculinity, as exemplified by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) recently issued guidelines, which posit that males who are socialized to conform to “traditional masculinity ideology” are often negatively affected in terms of mental and physical health. They acknowledge that ideas about masculinity vary across cultures, age groups, and ethnicities. But they point to common themes like “anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of weakness, and adventure, risk, and violence.”

The narrative the left holds to is one of progressive female empowerment in spite of male social dominance to which men have fought against losing power. The ideas of men behaving in a sexually aggressive manner toward women in everyday life, openly engaging in violence, and bullying and dismissing sexual assault with careless phrases like “boys will be boys” is mythology largely driven by fictional portrayals of American life by previous generations of progressive cultural activists.

Christians and Conservatives Warned Us about This

In truth, conservative culture––Christian culture in particular––went to great lengths to protect young men from the cultural revolutions that shamed away sexual modesty, impulse control, and respect for parents. Conservatives were mocked for encouraging young men to remain virgins until marriage and advocating for courtship and including parents’ opinions and consent in decisions to date. In subsequent decades, every social norm instilled in young men regarding respectful treatment of women in public and private was challenged, shamed, and openly rejected by feminist social activists.

When the ad talks about the past, what they mean is the story of sexism rooted in an assumption of masculinity being a less evolved form of human experience. Feminist culture has always portrayed masculinity as the reason for societal woes and it has simply become assumed truth.

To make men better, the reasoning goes, you must shame away all remnants of the barbaric masculine past. It is assumed that our grandfathers’ generation represented the worst of sexism and violence, and society has slowly moved forward since. They don’t seem to realize the men they want for their sons today belong to the exact generation they worked so hard to erase.

Men do not become more compassionate and responsible citizens by renouncing their masculinity and embracing feminism. The culture of obscenity, meaningless sex, and perpetual adolescence is the result of failing to develop masculinity within men. The excesses, abuses, harassment, and violence we see as a social concern are the consequences of young men lost and left to their own devices.

Boys are not lost because of toxic masculinity; they are lost because their fathers have been taken away from them and they cannot figure out how to fill that void with anything but rage and shame. The social change Gillette and progressive activists want, it turns out, is a return to the moral and social values the conservative movement has been shouting from the rooftops for decades.

Can the left recognize this or will they continue tearing down men even more in their efforts, never understanding the damage they seek to repair they cause themselves?

 

http://thefederalist.com/2019/01/16/gillette-ad-waxes-nostalgic-fathers-left-yanked-boys-lives/