Rick William Elkin was born in Pasadena, California,
In my book I lament the condition of the modern day male and how many young men just don't know how to be men. I never meant that to be a condemnation of our youth, just a comment on our culture and how we have brought boys up in a confusing maelstrom of gender confusion and guilt.
In the chapter 'Beware of Men' I wrote, "We need to understand and accept the natural role of the male species the physical, physiological and emotional lifespan of the human being."
Camille Paglia, one of America's most respected and gifted writers about feminism and culture, has just released a new book. She digs deep into the cultural currents that have nearly destroyed 'men' as we once knew them to be.
In Free Women Free Men - Sex - Gender - Feminism she writes "Our understanding of sexuality, a paradigmatic theme, and indeed obsession of modern culture, has been clouded by its current politicization. Sex and gender have been redefined by ill-informed academic theorists as superficial, fictive phenomena produced by oppressive social forces, disconnected by biology."
The feminization of men subject is overshadowed by women protest movements that divert attention to female social issues like pay discrimination, paid maternity leave, abortion, yada yada yada. It will become increasingly serious though, and when the problem metastasizes, as male role models devolve into little boys who cannot function without their dominating mother figures, the world may wish they hadn't banished Adam from the Garden.
(This piece first appeared in the March 9 edition of the Times Advocate as a guest editorial)
As sad as it is predictible, history tends to repeat itself.
It took a devastating, bloody and savage civil war to bring our young nation's fueding leaders to even consider reconciliation. It took the assasination of the Republican President, who risked everything to save the Nation, to bring about reconstruction.
Will it take another assasination, another 911, or something worse, to bring our leaders together to subjugate their selfish and narrow interests, to restore our Nation's sense of destiny and strength to keep our Motherland from imploding?
Just what will it take to get Americans to sit at the same table and find solutions to the pressing needs of our people, so we can collectively extend a helping hand to the oppressed people of the world?
For all the do-gooders, the compassionate, and the unhappy people in our society, and those that are incredibly successful and happy too, isn't it in all of our best interests to stop the infighting and do something positive? To restore America to it's necessary place as the Leader of the Free World?
What will it take for us to take off the blinders of ideology before we destroy the amazing life we all have? Will it be another war? An alien invasion? A worldwide epidemic? A natural desaster such as a collision with an asteroid?
Those interventions would probably work, but isn't it shameful that as intelligent as human beings are, that we can't recognize how great it would be if we didn't wait until some unforseen or unmanageble catastrophy forced us to reconcile our differences?
In his address to Congress President Trump attempted to reach out to all of us.
"We can only get there together, we are one people with one destiny. We all bleed the same blood. We all salute the same great American flag. And we all are made by the same God…
The time for small thinking is over. The time for trivial fights is behind us. We just need the courage to share the dreams that fill our hearts … and the confidence to turn those hopes and those dreams into action.
From now on America will be empowered by our aspirations, not burdened by our fears. Inspired by the future, not bound by failures of the past, and guided by a vision, not blinded by our doubts.
I am asking all citizens to embrace this renewal of the American spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big and bold… I’m asking everyone watching … to seize this moment, believe in yourselves, believe in your future, and believe once more in America.”
Unfortunately, President Lincoln did not live to see the result of his efforts at reconciliation. Can we Americans learn from that tragedy?
The cascading existential conflict between the elites of Washington and their defacto allies in the major media channels facing a nationalist movement to wrestle power back to the people was predicted by President Dwight Eisenhower 56 years ago.
Eisenhower foreshadowed the Shadow Government profile emerging from the WikiLeaks revelations of insider wiretapping, email and other online hacking, influence by transnational corporations and military industrial business interests, and the massive power of the news media culture, empowered by enormous technological advances.
"Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.
Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our own ease and convenience the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."
The threats to our democratic republic are not coming from the right. It is coming from a cabal of left leaning statists embedded in the bureaucracy of government and the halls of government contractors and their compatriots who feed off of each other's influence. The threat is coming from these people because their shear numbers are enormous. They are nearing a majority, and that directly threatens the influence of all of the rest of us. And their lifestyle is funded primarily by taxpayers. And they live like aristocrats, collecting huge five, six and even seven figure salaries, cadillac health care and lifetime pensions! They are Orwellian bureaucrats!
All of the current militancy and chaos across the national media is because they cannot accept the fact that an outsider like Trump might upset their comfort zone. Fifty six years later, the Shadow Government is proving to be deep and wide and as Trump drains the swamp, the alligators are being exposed and are flashing their teeth.
In my book, Turn Right At Lost: Recalculating America, I wrote six months before the Presidential election:
"There has been a movement inside our country, most of which has been directed by academia, to push America to the extreme left. To slowly bring the "toad-to-a-boil", and to eventually kill our capitalist-oriented Democratic Republic form of government in favor of a top-down, statist-style government…"
"The places where these struggles take place are, beyond the battlefields of the Middle East. They are here, in our schools, our conventions of civilization such as traditional marriage, gender roles, election processes, and our legal system, our Judeo-Christian morals, our unified language, our borders, our history, and the role of the media."
Every day since President Trump took office, these existential challenges to the very core of Americanism from the radical left have been escalating. Trump's powerful address to Congress laid out a plan, and more importantly, a commitment, to take on each and every one of them.
Finally, we have an Alpha Dog in command.