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The Testosterone Crisis
American Thinker ^ | November 22, 2008 | Ed Kaitz

Posted on 11/22/2008 4:07:39 PM PST by neverdem

The sweeping Democratic electoral victory has left many conservative Americans concerned about their children's future.  With the federal government, educational establishment, entertainment industry and media thoroughly in the hands of the left, disturbing questions surface concerning the kinds of values our children will begin to accept as "mainstream."  Matters get worse when one considers what might become forced indoctrination in "community service" organizations as a prerequisite for college admission.

These concerns were on my mind during a recent outing with my young children to a local playground.  While I watched my kids try to scale walls, climb ropes, and navigate through other challenging structures various male voices I had obviously missed on previous visits to the park suddenly resonated.  "Try it on your own" or "you don't need any help with this one" the gaggle of fathers would say as their sons and daughters sized up various obstacles.  And while many of the moms cringed on the benches the young ones tripped, fell, clawed, and cried at times but they usually ended up victorious.

The ancient Chinese thinkers would have called my local park a microcosm of nature -- a dynamic reciprocity between the forces of feminine yin and masculine yang.  It is as natural for the moms to be overly concerned about the bumps and bruises as it is for the fathers to be encouraging independence and self-reliance.  Yin and yang represent two complementary energies in nature, the balance of which determines the health and harmony of a marriage, a family, a village, and even a nation.  These same Chinese philosophers warned however that unhealthy families, like unhealthy nations, are usually the victims of an overabundance of either the feminine yin or the masculine yang.

Chinese emperors for example attempted to head off this underlying and menacing threat of imbalance by castrating their ministers.  Why?  Too much yang testosterone in the palace would lead to dangerous factions and competition.  More eunuchs around the court meant the palace would be a better reflection of the harmony in nature.  Imperial concubines would also be sheltered from potential male rivals of the potentate, but this was entirely incidental to the theory.)

While an excess of yang energy was considered explosive and dangerous, what happens in a country like contemporary America when there seems to be a dangerous oversupply of feminine yin?

In his book The Suicide of Reason Lee Harris argues that our present state of liberal democracy has led to "eliminating the alpha males from our midst, and at a dizzyingly accelerating rate."  Instead of supporting and valuing testosterone's virtues we're "drugging our alpha boys with Ritalin."  In addition, one could view Barack Obama's election as the triumph of yin over yang.  Obama's policies promise to cast the father out of America's parks and replace him with the more "caring" and yin oriented federal government.  For Lee Harris however the feminization of American men comes at an extremely high price:

"The end of testosterone in the West alone will not culminate in the end of history, but it may well culminate in the end of the West."

It was in ancient Greece for example when the West began to associate the masculine yang voice with freedom and self-reliance.  Why?  Because when Athenian citizens perused the known world they noticed something rather curious: in no country other than Greece did citizens enjoy freedom or the virtues of democratic government.  Famous Greeks like the fifth century B.C. physician Hippocrates attempted to explain this fascinating anomaly. What Hippocrates and other Greek observers all tended to conclude was that the rest of the world's subjects must be "effeminate" or else, like the Greeks, they would have demanded -- like real men -- to be left alone by their leaders. 

In his essay On Airs, Waters, and Places for example Hippocrates notes that those who endure life under a despot are "cowardly, as I have stated before, for their souls are enslaved."  Greeks however are "independent, and enjoy the fruits of their own labors," and in addition they "encounter dangers on their own account, bear the prizes of their own valor, and in like manner endure the punishment of their own cowardice."  The good doctor concludes with a rather chilling observation: "A man's disposition will be changed by his institutions."  In short, what Hippocrates argues is that the more "maternalistic" the government, the less the citizenry will value freedom.

We can now start to understand part of Obama's appeal.  Alpha males in this nation have been browbeaten in every profession, most notably in education.  Indeed, the largest percentage ever of young, educated Americans in a presidential contest threw its support behind Barack Obama.  In addition, whereas John Kerry received 51% of the female vote in 2004, Barack Obama garnered close to 60%.  When black Americans overwhelmingly supported Obama to the tune of 90%, how much of this support was a product of race and how much was simply a product of a culture in which 70% of children are raised without fathers?

Both political parties now believe that they can garner votes by playing the yin, or compassion card.  We've seen this with the Bush Administration and its heavily statist "compassionate conservatism."  On the other hand, Democrats in congress thought that extending loans to unqualified borrowers was an act of compassion.  An excess of yin is now causing many of our states, like California, to go broke.  Despite these examples an "uncaring" America was the chief rallying cry of Barack and Michelle Obama during the recent election.

In his classic work Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville entitled one of his chapters "What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have To Fear."  Near the end of the chapter there is a rather sobering observation:

"It is indeed difficult to conceive how men who have entirely given up the habit of self-government should succeed in making a proper choice of those by whom they are to be governed; and no one will ever believe that a liberal, wise, and energetic government can spring from the suffrages of a subservient people."

Will Americans become so subservient under an Obama administration that a future yang style candidate like Ronald Reagan becomes impossible?  A healthy nation, like a healthy family, should have a proper balance of yin and yang.  Ideally, the relationship should be a balance between yang's independence, competition, and merit, and yin's more gentle, cooperative, and egalitarian energy.  We're at a critical moment in our history however when the forces of yin in American threaten to bury, not complement, yang.  Despite what the radical feminists might tell you, alpha male energy is natural and necessary for many things, including national survival.

There's an eight year old boy in my neighborhood who still rides his bike with training wheels.  There's no father at home.  Is America looking at training wheels writ large?  We know that most contemporary, estrogen-heavy Europeans would like to rid America of its testosterone.  They may just get their wish.


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1 posted on 11/22/2008 4:07:39 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Yes, this is what happens when “the common man” lets liberals rule over him.


2 posted on 11/22/2008 4:10:40 PM PST by Theodore R. (The most frightening words in the English language: The American people!)
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To: Theodore R.

Yes, this is what happens when “the common man” lets liberals rule over him.
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Yes, while our socialist elitist “president” has put his children in PRIVATE schools.....


3 posted on 11/22/2008 4:13:10 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: neverdem

I have a son contemplating a career in the Army. What do I tell him, to serve a Commander-in-Chief who would yield command to the UN?


4 posted on 11/22/2008 4:15:23 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: neverdem

5 posted on 11/22/2008 4:16:00 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: neverdem

We’re at a critical moment in our history however when the forces of yin in American threaten to bury, not complement, yang. Despite what the radical feminists might tell you, alpha male energy is natural and necessary for many things, including national survival.
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It will come to pass. This country is based in freedom, capitalism and democracy, not oppressive socialism. This is not Hitler’s Germany. Too many people in this country have sacrificed themselves and their loved-ones fighting for freedom and that flame will not go out.


6 posted on 11/22/2008 4:17:24 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: neverdem
Will Americans become so subservient under an Obama administration that a future yang style candidate like Ronald Reagan becomes impossible?

I doubt that. But things will not be good with Obama in the White House and the RATS running the House and Senate.

The Mommy Party is in control.

7 posted on 11/22/2008 4:18:16 PM PST by freespirited (Honk to indict the MSM for treason.)
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To: neverdem

This is a good article. The plan is to make us both dependent and fearful. Then we can be made subjects rather than citizens.


8 posted on 11/22/2008 4:18:36 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: neverdem
Truth is truth. This is well written truth!

We should get our kids OFF Ritalin, and like drugs, and stay away from over processed foods as well as soy and milk and meats containing hormones.

9 posted on 11/22/2008 4:20:57 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: EagleUSA

Oh, and all you men out there: tell your wives to shut up every once in a while when they are mindlessly spouting emotion-based bullshit. The major reason for our country’s slippage over the past 40 years is that American men have been convinced to be more like European men, namely, wusses who let woman have the influence. American men need to stand up and be men again.


10 posted on 11/22/2008 4:21:55 PM PST by raptor29
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To: EagleUSA

The BIG problem appears when a yin-dominated culture comes into conflict with a yang-dominated culture.

With all due respect to the ladies, in such a situation yang always wins. More or less by definition.


11 posted on 11/22/2008 4:22:08 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: freespirited

I prefer Nanny Control. Mommy sounds to well meaning and wholesome.


12 posted on 11/22/2008 4:22:43 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: freespirited

Actually, even better, we have put our nation into foster care. And we all know how broken that system is.


13 posted on 11/22/2008 4:23:31 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: DBCJR

Obama’s time WILL pass. Tell your son not to let the time pass too when he is able to be part of the greatest team (any component of the U.S. military) on this globe.


14 posted on 11/22/2008 4:23:47 PM PST by Kozel89
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To: neverdem

An excellent study of this phenomenon is “Boys Adrift,” by Leonard Sax, MD, PhD. He cites, as the “five factors driving the decline of boys,” video games, teaching methods, prescription drugs, endocrine disruptors and devaluation of masculinity.


16 posted on 11/22/2008 4:27:43 PM PST by Salvey
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To: Bahbah

Testosterone will be criminalized. In some ways, I mean that quite literally. Young men who instinctively sense that the whole set up is screwed up will take leave of it and operate on their own and outside of what passes for “law”. I remember trying to teach my son how to ride a bike when he was about 6. I got nowhere at all. He took the thing, got off with his friends and later that day, he could ride just fine. I remember he said, “I’m 6 years old, have my own bike - I’m a free man”. In many ways - socially, culturally, economically - our only hope may be the “outlaws and misfits”.


17 posted on 11/22/2008 4:30:22 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: raptor29
"Oh, and all you men out there: tell your wives to shut up every once in a while when they are mindlessly spouting emotion-based bullshit. The major reason for our country’s slippage over the past 40 years is that American men have been convinced to be more like European men, namely, wusses who let woman have the influence. American men need to stand up and be men again."

Uh oh. You're obviously a mean, violent, no-good male.

I see a domestic violence charge in your future.

Guilty! Lose your job. Lose your house. Lose your kids. Lose your freedom. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200...

18 posted on 11/22/2008 4:31:14 PM PST by GourmetDan
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To: neverdem
Were there any swings on that playground, perchance?
19 posted on 11/22/2008 4:35:04 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Stop feeding Leftist education systems. Don't let your kids go there.)
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To: EagleUSA
We’re at a critical moment in our history however when the forces of yin in American threaten to bury, not complement, yang.

I think that a proper understanding of yin/yang answers this question for itself. Yin cannot bury yang; nor can yang bury yin, both are equal parts of the whole. Any attempt to eliminate one would automatically lead to an explosion of the other.

They will try it however, the interesting thing to watch for is how the balance will be restored.

20 posted on 11/22/2008 4:38:25 PM PST by Red Boots
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To: neverdem
"Both political parties now believe that they can garner votes by playing the yin, or compassion card."

They can and do.

That's what universal suffrage was all about back in the early 20th Century. Adding 100% more voters driven by estrogen and feelings. It's surprising it has taken this long. Ann Coulter is right.

21 posted on 11/22/2008 4:40:08 PM PST by GourmetDan
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To: gidget7

Men can always take DHEA and ZMA.


22 posted on 11/22/2008 4:40:55 PM PST by csmusaret (I'd rather have a sister in a whorehouse than have a brother in the US Congress.)
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To: Emmett McCarthy
“I’m 6 years old, have my own bike - I’m a free man”.

LOL. Love it. What a great kid.

23 posted on 11/22/2008 4:43:19 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: raptor29

There is absolutely nothing manly about telling your wife to shut up. As a matter of fact, it makes you less of one.


24 posted on 11/22/2008 4:45:16 PM PST by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: GourmetDan

Ain’t that the truth? Really tired of it, and ain’t standing for it, anymore. Never did, actually, but I stood around and watched others cave. Now, I’ll speak up, aggressively.


25 posted on 11/22/2008 4:45:55 PM PST by raptor29
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To: raptor29

So, you associate being a man with telling someone to shut up? Are you married? And if so, do you tell your wife to shut up? Or are you one of those guys who tell other guys what to do but wouldn’t do it yourself?

Perhaps your reaction comes from an atmosphere lacking in the proper, mature management of testosterone and how to have a way with women. I’m a woman and telling me to shut up would be up there on the ‘things you don’t say to me’ list.

Real men know how to treat real women. With a self-assured respect.


26 posted on 11/22/2008 4:52:49 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism, it's the new black.)
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To: Bahbah

Well, he’s 18 now and still has the edge. Kind of the creative, critical thinker type who can usually cut through the bull-— pretty quickly and cleanly. Doesn’t always know exactly what to do about it, but who does? It’s a process for any young person. If we have just enough of them who figure out that if you stand up, speak up and tell the truth, “kings and armies have no power over the natural man”, well, there may be hope.


27 posted on 11/22/2008 4:55:45 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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Some guys don’t have a testosterone problem. Glad they are on our side.

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/195096.php


28 posted on 11/22/2008 4:56:03 PM PST by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: neverdem
FTA: "Chinese emperors for example attempted to head off this underlying and menacing threat of imbalance by castrating their ministers."

Chinese emporers would have felt right at home in either The House or Senate.

29 posted on 11/22/2008 4:59:20 PM PST by E. Cartman (Washington, DC: Where the inmates really do run the asylum.)
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To: BenLurkin

Oh, THAT is hilarious!


30 posted on 11/22/2008 5:05:49 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: ReneeLynn

Sorry, dear, but while we have listened to logic such as yours, our country has gone straight backward. So you can save your time-worn, liberal, anti-men accusations for someone else. And by the way, Shut Up. For once.


31 posted on 11/22/2008 5:08:52 PM PST by raptor29
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To: DBCJR

As opposed to a President who would yield command to the Iraqis? Because that is what the new SOFA will enact.


32 posted on 11/22/2008 5:09:32 PM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: raptor29
all you men out there: tell your wives to shut up every once in a while

Actually I was tough on my kids. My now 30-something daughter told me about 5 or 6 years ago that she wasn't mad at me any more. She thanked me for teaching her to be independent, responsible and competitive. If my husband had told me to shut it, it might have turned out much differently.

33 posted on 11/22/2008 5:10:49 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: gidget7
We should get our kids OFF Ritalin, and like drugs

These drugs are way over-prescribed just to make whiney parents' lives easier. There are, however, cases where they are appropriate. And some kids who really do need help aren't getting it just because of the mindset like yours. Not being critical, just making an observation. I do agree with what you mean.

34 posted on 11/22/2008 5:13:59 PM PST by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: Melas

Actually, when someone needs to be told to shut up, someone needs to do it. And on balance, over the past 40 years in America, men have backed down from telling their mindless, emotion-over-reason wives to shut up. On virtually every major problem plaguing this country right now, you can trace it back to a choice of emotion over reason, as directed by leftists who know the dynamics of the people involved. So shut up and pay attention to some of this, for once.


35 posted on 11/22/2008 5:14:26 PM PST by raptor29
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To: neverdem

Great article, thanks.


36 posted on 11/22/2008 5:25:04 PM PST by Weirdad (A Free Republic, not a "democracy" (mob rule))
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To: ReneeLynn

Don’t get mad and don’t bother with arguing with this “man”. Not worth your time.


37 posted on 11/22/2008 5:27:17 PM PST by SaintDismas
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To: DBCJR
"I have a son contemplating a career in the Army. What do I tell him, to serve a Commander-in-Chief who would yield command to the UN?"

Tell him what my retired career Navy husband told our oldest grandson who was planning to follow in Grandpa's footsteps - DON'T DO IT!

38 posted on 11/22/2008 5:29:06 PM PST by penowa
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To: raptor29
Oh, and all you men out there: tell your wives to shut up every once in a while when they are mindlessly spouting emotion-based bulls**t. The major reason for our country’s slippage over the past 40 years is that American men have been convinced to be more like European men, namely, wusses who let woman have the influence.

I don't know if you meant to tell them "shutup" literally or figuratively, but I wholly agree with the figurative part. With the literal part, it may be necessary sometimes to tell your wife to shutup, but I think it is rarely proper to be disrespectful to your wife, if you respect your marriage. In fact, I think being overly agressive, violent or disrespectful in a situation that doesn't require it is a sign of weakness. People resort to that level of aggression often when they don't have the resolve to stand by their position without inducing the emotional fervor. The best way to handle an out-of-control wife situation, in my opinion, is to be firm but controlled; you simply refuse to be swayed by her hysterics regardless of their intensity, you stay firm in your stance, and you MAKE happen what needs to happen. But don't ever be disrespectful to your wife.

Anyway, you are absolutely right in the overall sense - that men need to be the leaders again. I have seen almost universally, this acceptance among men that the wife/girlfriend is always right. You also see this attitude reflected in just about every TV show and movie out there these days. The "happy" ending is usually when the man realizes that he is an idiot and that he should just do everything the woman tells him. Complete BS, but it is a cultural phenomenon that has been promoted fiercely for the last 30-40 years.

As much as feminism tries to peddle the BS, the fact is that many women are ruled by emotional knee-jerk reactions and will do things and promote actions that are detrimental or even destructive to themselves and others in the long run but that feel good right now. This is where the partnership of men and women comes in - the man MUST be the voice of reason or discipline in these circumstances. If he is lazy, or intimidated, and fails to be firm in his stance, her emotionalism will doom them both, and their children. By the same token, a man that relies strictly on logic or strategy while ignoring the human costs, especially where children are concerned, also has the potential to wreak havoc and cause long-term destruction. We must balance each other, and right now we are WAY out of balance, with the pendulum so far out to the feminine side that a huge conflict is almost inevitable. This must be fixed.

Just my opinion on the subject.
39 posted on 11/22/2008 5:31:08 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: raptor29
Now, I’ll speak up, aggressively.

Online. I doubt you'd have the stones to say much of anything to anyone in person. There is a near universal truth that the bigger the internet bully, the more the coward in the real world.

40 posted on 11/22/2008 5:31:30 PM PST by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: PistolPaknMama

Just don’t sit her next to raptor29 at a dinner party.


41 posted on 11/22/2008 5:32:09 PM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: betty boop; Alamo-Girl; Gabz

ping


42 posted on 11/22/2008 5:33:25 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: raptor29
American men need to stand up and be men again.

And American women need to learn how to be women.

43 posted on 11/22/2008 5:35:51 PM PST by Lauren BaRecall (Liberalism appeals to individuals who are emotionally based.)
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To: fr_freak

Your thoughts are all very sound, but understand, I’m making my points the way I am making them because all that your recognize in your post needs to be undone and unraveled, and waking people up is part one. All this bs wuss-ass ‘nuanced’ liberal approach to our ‘discussions’ needs to be tossed. Everyone has been conditioned to this and it has to stop. And no, everyone’s opinion doesn’t always count, and we don’t have to listen to it or lend it any more credence than it warrants.


44 posted on 11/22/2008 5:45:11 PM PST by raptor29
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To: Melas

Better go to page three of your liberal playbook, the ‘this usually works against men who always seem to back down’ chapter. And by the way, ‘there is a near universal truth that the bigger the internet bully.....’ Oh, there is? And your proof of that is about as non-existent as the logic in your arguments. Actually, you have no arguments, you just call people names. Just like a liberal is trained to do.


45 posted on 11/22/2008 5:48:15 PM PST by raptor29
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To: neverdem

Wow, what an unexpectedly good article.

Thanks for posting.


46 posted on 11/22/2008 5:48:58 PM PST by upchuck (Bumper sticker on my pickup: I'm a fierce global warmer.)
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To: Emmett McCarthy
Testosterone will be criminalized.

Where I hang my hat it has been criminalized. See the rash 'sexual harassment' cases in workplaces. Also, this is a good example of corporatism (fascism), when private businesses implement government inspired or mandated policies.

47 posted on 11/22/2008 6:06:45 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: Lauren BaRecall
And American women need to learn how to be women.

Thanks, Luaren. And, by the way, I do know how to whistle!

48 posted on 11/22/2008 6:11:56 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: All

American men AND American women need to start being AMERICAN again. I have 3 boys, ages 15,16, and 21. I told them it was not an emergency if you scraped your knee, and they soon learned an emergency meant 1. we couldn’t stop the bleeding with a butterfly bandage 2. Your arm/leg was a different shape then when you started your adventure. 3. The house was on fire (luckily, my 15 year old didn’t start one when he shot FLAMING ARROWS over our HOUSE!)

My boys played ice hockey, hunt, fish, camp,and build “stuff” in the garage. They can fix cars, air conditioners and filet fish. No shortage of men in my home, because I let their father be “the man” and teach them all that gross stuff. I kissed boo boos, and prevented him from killing them when his tools went missing or his gas tank got returned on E. I taught them to read and be nice to girls. I taught them that doing the dishes won’t kill them, and laundry is not hard to do. We also, most importantly, taught them a deep and abiding faith in Jesus and His Church.

One is a personal trainer now, one is going into seminary in a year or so, and one, well(the arrowshooter) he loves computer stuff. None will work with their hands, like their daddy does, but they all CAN if they need to.

Step up men, stand back women, and lets raise wholesome American Children!


49 posted on 11/22/2008 6:13:15 PM PST by wombtotomb (since its "above his paygrade", why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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To: wombtotomb

Damn, I should have married a woman like you!


50 posted on 11/22/2008 6:16:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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