Skip to comments.Mark Steyn: Terminator or girlie man
Posted on 07/29/2004 7:55:47 AM PDT by Pokey78
click here to read article
which Parag Khanna of the Brookings Institution argues that Europe is the worlds first metrosexual superpower.
Did you mean for your link to go to a "no such thread" message or was it zotted?
It's funny as is.
For those who may not get the allusion:
As the king governs by his executive, so Reason in man must rule the mere appetites by means of the spirited element. The head rules the belly through the chestthe seat, as Alanus tells us, of Magnanimity, of emotions organized by trained habit into stable sentiments. The Chest - Magnanimity - Sentiment - these are the indispensable liaison officers between cerebral man and visceral man. It may even be said that it is by this middle element that man is man: for by his intellect he is mere spirit and by his appetite mere animal.
The operation of The Green Book [the book Lewis is critiquing pseudonymously - Ransom] and its kind is to produce what may be called Men without Chests. It is an outrage that they should be commonly spoken of as Intellectuals. This gives them the chance to say that he who attacks them attacks Intelligence. It is not so. They are not distinguished from other men by any unusual skill in finding truth nor any virginal ardour to pursue her. Indeed it would be strange if they were: a persevering devotion to truth, a nice sense of intellectual honour, cannot be long maintained without the aid of a sentiment which Gaius and Titius could debunk as easily as any other. It is not excess of thought but defect of fertile and generous emotion that marks them out. Their heads are no bigger than the ordinary: it is the atrophy of the chest beneath that makes them seem so.
And all the timesuch is the tragicomedy of our situationwe continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more drive, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or creativity. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.
I never can get these links right. One was posted on 4/7/2004 and the lastest one was 7/27/2004. They can be obtained by a thread search I imagine. So far they haven't been Zotted!
The latest article is from the Washington Post and mentions that Arnold wants a special election in which voters get to decide if their legislators become part timers again.
Tweedledee or Tweedledum.
No one's going to do what's necessary to end jihad now instead of fobbing it off to the toddlers of today to deal with when they grow up.
Pokey: Thank you, thank you, thank you!
<< Readers may recall that I wanted Bush to invade Iraq before the first anniversary of 9/11. >>
Me, flamin' froth-and-foam-flecked, too!
Instead we got big-headed tiny blare [When he wasn't down the Red Sea flagrantly-freeloading off Middle-Eastern dictators] poncing around the globe big-noting, brown-nosing and making like he was the brain and the sophisticate [He was and is a bloody sophist, its for sure] to United States of America's President and Armed-Forces Commander-In-Chief, George Walker Bush's straw chawin' hill-billy.
In return for which bloody charade we gave Soddom and his gang another year to mass-murder and move his munitions and malignant mixtures about the region, gave the un's by that time very-well-brown-nosed one, the Euro-peon Neo-Soviet and moscow's old one and the Canadians enough time to screw another Few Billion Bucks from oil-for-FRaud, had our Man's Army sitting about on its chuff in the Gulf for six months -- got tiny's bunch of clapped out 40, 50 and 60-years-old-gear-equipped, under-paid and ill-fed one-town-garrison soldiers along for the ride.
And may well also get the two johns and the end of Civilization as we know it, to boot!
He really nails it....everytime. Thank OUR LORD we still have men like him writing articles in the UK. ;o)
Thank you; this was just the perfect medicine for me today!
Really..I wish that were true.
"The Gallup Organization, a major independent polling firm, concludes that in every presidential election since 1980 a gender gap has existed. Women have more often supported Democratic candidates while men have more often supported Republican candidates. In presidential elections the gap has ranged from 4 percent to 11 percent. In 1992 women voters supported Clinton in larger numbers than men by 4 percent. In the 2000 election, Al Gore won the women's vote by 11 percent."
While I will agree we may be able to get by with a 49-51 split, the point is the target group that we have to get on our side is unquestionably the female.
The best strategy for the GOP is not to secure the female vote (this is damned near impossible for them to do without turning into Democrats) -- it's to swing the male Hispanic vote in their favor.
John Kerry is the type of candidate who is tailor-made for a female electorate. If the GOP were ever to nominate someone like that for President, I'd be moving back in Canada in 48 hours.
Ahhhhh, reading Steyn always reassures me that there are a few clear minds out there.
Thank you for beating quidnu__.
"Had President Kerry been in office on 9/11, Ive no doubt there would have been far more UN resolutions, and joint declarations, and beaming faces announcing great progress at Nato summits, and G8, and EU and Apec. But Saddam would still be in power, and so would the Taleban, and no doubt in the latter case, under an agreement brokered by Kerry special envoy Jimmy Carter, Washington would be bankrolling the regime in return for pledges to phase out the terrorist training camps. The senator gives no indication that hes up to the challenges of the age.
"But, honestly, the idea that you can take a four-year intermission from the jihad because everyones feeling a bit stressed out is delusional. Do Sullivan and the other moulting hawks believe Iran is going to be sporting enough to go along with it? Right-ho, old chap, well see you back here in 2008 for full-scale Armageddon. Enjoy the break.
"Sloth favours the Islamists. Readers may recall that I wanted Bush to invade Iraq before the first anniversary of 9/11. If he had done, hed have saved himself a whole lot of trouble, and we might even be rid of the mullahs or Boy Assad by now. The President has to be a terminator: he has to terminate regimes and structures that support Islamist terrorism. And, if every bigshot associated with the cause winds up like Uday and Qusay, the ideology will become a lot less fashionable. All these girlie-man options sound so reasonable, but theyre a fools evasion, an excuse to put off indefinitely the fights that have to be fought in Iran, North Korea and elsewhere.
"Girlie men ... . As I wrote back in 2001, the Islamists have made a bet that were too soft and decadent to see this through to the finish. This November, one way or another, theyll get their answer."
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