Thursday, November 18, 2010
I've previously written that real men stand up to fascists:
The fascists' view of masculinity is that -- to be a real American man -- you have to rally around the "strong leader", you have to talk tough about the "war on terror", you have to get pleasure out of watching "our team" (the sole superpower) beat the stuffing out of a bunch of third-rate armies like Iraq and Afghanistan.
Are they right? Well, psychologists tell us that rallying around the authoritarian leader is actually a very infantile way to affirm one's masculinity.
Okay, listen up guys. Real men don't bluster like George W. Bush or Bill O'Reilly. Real men stand up to fascists.
Our forefathers stood up to the British king and fought for our freedom. Our forefathers stood up to tyrants and won their liberty and freedom.
THAT's what masculinity really means. That's where the pedal hits the metal and the rubber meets the road. It is the dictators running our country who are the danger, who are stealing the future from us, and our kids, and our grandkids.
Come on, buddy . . . stop posing. And start acting like a real man.
"If you're really a patriot, you will defend the constitution. If you're a coward, you'll defend the elite who want to subvert it. Real men stand up to fascism. Cowardly men become boot lickers."
- Chris D
"Most Americans aren't the sort of citizens the Founding Fathers expected; they are contented serfs. Far from being active critics of government, they assume that its might makes it right."
- Joseph Sobran
Of course, real women stand up to fascists, also.
People of faith stand up to fascists as well.
Thomas Jefferson said:
Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.
Susan B. Anthony - one of the leading crusaders for women's rights - said at her sentencing hearing based on her conviction for illegally voting:
I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old revolutionary maxim, that "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God."Nor is the idea strictly a Christian idea.
The Book of Maccabees - an ancient secular Jewish book purporting to document the events which Chanukah celebrates - is said to contain the same statement.
And see this.