John Kerry, Teddy Roosevelt and “Manning-Up”

In an interview on NBC, Secretary of State John Kerry told American turn-coat Edward Snowden to “man-up” and appear back to the U.S. and face the implications of his actions.

Mr. Kerry’s extemporaneous use of this term has ignited controversy. MarketWatch named it a “dated phrase.” The commentariat of the Remaining is around-apoplectic: Liberal blogger Kevin Gosztola phone calls the time period “jingoistic” (does Kevin, a college pupil, know what “jingoistic” indicates?). The Los Angeles Moments‘ Robin Abcarian is also upset: “We need to transfer away from the notion that masculinity and braveness are synonymous conditions.” Salon‘s Natasha Lennard called Kerry “moronic” for utilizing what she named a “misogyny-soaked” phrase.

Yikes for after I come to feel (somewhat) sorry for Secretary Kerry. Getting and displaying actual physical and moral braveness – “manning-up” – traditionally has been a masculine trait. This is element of the biblical narrative, to be certain (King David and the Apostle “endure hardship as a great soldier of Christ Jesus” Paul occur to mind). However do not both biology and innate instinct inform us that guys and women, while equivalent, are different? Is it not sensible, then, to question if they are – in their essence as human beings – distinctive in some observable methods and that, as a result, they need to have at minimum some different roles?

Theodore Roosevelt was a guy of indisputable manliness. He personified the toughness and tenderness of what manhood must be about. The Tough Rider who charged up San Juan Hill also after remarked that a baby’s hand is the most gorgeous of God’s creations. He loved wistful poetry as a lot as he preferred Viking sagas. He identified fox-sparrow feathers on the White Home lawn and killed a rhinoceros still on show in the Smithsonian. I’ll shut with a quote from him:

“We want the iron qualities that go with correct manhood,” said TR in a 1901 speech in Colorado. “We want the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of electrical power to do with out shrinking the rough function that must often be done.”

Amen. – Latest entries

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