"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. ... 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 dizzingly accelerating rate.' Instead of supporting and valuing testosterone's virtues we're 'drugging our alpha boys with Ritalin.' ... 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.' ... 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. ... We're at a critical moment in our history however, when the forces of yin in America 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", my emphasis, Ed Kaitz, 22 November 2008, link: http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/the_testosterone_crisis.html.
"'As I read the ominous headline: 'Somali pirates demand $25 million ransom for supertanker'; 'Somali pirates seize 9 vessels in 12 days'; 'Yemen powerless to combat Somali piracy'; 'Maersk says rerouting some of fleet due to piracy'--I nearly fell into despair. Then I listened to America's modern-day prophet Elijah, Dr. Michael Savage, rallying the troops on his radio show earlier this week, and my soul was revived. What did Savage say? ... 'Who is this Admiral Mullen? What does he mean he was "stunned" at the rise in piracy in that area? Is he crazy? Has he been on 'The View" TV show or taking a cruise off the coast of California? Oh yeah, that's right Admiral Mullen is one of those Harvard-MBA-Type military leaders that calls in his military commands on his trusty iPod.' ... After Savage's fire-and-brimstone diatribe, I fell into a somewhat melancholy mood and silently uttered this Socratic soliloquy to myself: 'Where are the real men? Where are the great generals like George Washington, William Tecumseh Sherman, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall? ... Where is Gen. George Patton when you really need him?' ... Savage then stated why in 1775 the U.S. Navy was created in the first place: to secure America's independence from our colonizer, Great Britain. ... It was America's unflinching resolve to fight Islamic terrorists who attacked our merchant ships that inspired one of the verses to the Marine's hymn: 'From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli' ... 'Tripoli' refers to the First Barbary War (1801-05) and the decisive battle of Derne. ... When I was a little kid, I recall watching all those classic war movies and documentaries. One image that haunts me to this day is when President Harry Truman, that insecure little haberdasher, fired the great World War II hero, Gen. Douglas MacArthur. ... Gen. George Washington, dead, Gen, MacArthur, dead, Gen. Marshall, dead, Gen. Patton ... they're all dead! What military man do we have to protect us? George W. Bush gave us a politcally correct admiral with a Harvard MBA and no navy aircraft combat experience named Mike Mullen. ... 'Attack' doesn't seem to be in [Mullen's] vocabulary; he seems part of this new generation of metrosexual military officers what are thoroughly feminized and politically correct in their training and war strategy. That's how Mullen rose through the ranks. The Washingtons, Shermans, MacArthurs, Pattons have all been thoroughly purged from the ranks of the U.S. military,and only Harvard MBAs are left to fill the officer core. No wonder America hasn't definitely won a war since World War II--our soldiers and military leaders have been utterly emasculated by the socialist left. ... Dr. Savage concluded with these statements: 'we need "warriors" not "worriers", and 'If we have the greatest military in the world, but are afraid to use it, what good is it to us'?," Ellis Washington (EW) 22 November 2008, at http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.printable&pageId=81667.
JRN nails our civilization's vulnerability. What? Specialization of labor is a potential wartime weakness. Yes. Even in bad weather. JRN's article reminded me of Spiro Agnew, "Last week the Vice President complained in Jackson, Miss., that the South has too long been 'the punching bag for those who characterize themselves as liberal intellectuals.' Maybe he has a point about the South, but he outdid himself in New Orleans by saying of the Oct. 15 Moratorium: 'A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals", Time, 31 October 1969, link: http://www.time.com/time/printout/0,8816,839090,00.html. Here, here. Did Agnew have Mark Lilla (ML), my 22 November 2008 post, in mind?