Growing up in rural small town Ohio spoiled me. Perhaps the seventies and eighties were times that defined the simple growing up years of many, but one could also rely on Bonanza, Big Valley and other western viewings to appreciate what ‘real men’ could do. In the not-so -distant pre-industrial American frontier, one gets a glimpse of the real meaning of hard times. Manual labor from sunrise to sunset was family time. Helping your neighbor rebuild his humble home following a storm was duty. Men leaving their homes to find work in mineral mines, lumber yards, and livestock ranches was considered prideful obligation. There was an unwritten understanding that men, in general did what they had to do. Hard work, love and respect for family, respect for God and country were branded in men. Men were men, women were women. Perhaps that is the appeal. Fast forward…..
The Progressive Left Movement is propagating a true extinction, an extinction of good, old-fashioned, hard-working, roll up the sleeves, and “punch him in the nose if he’s messing with a woman, kind of guy”. I remember seeing this type of breed during my early years. Dad actually didn’t need a fist rather a “stare down” usually meant business. Some actually did throw a punch, but everyone shook it off including the ‘victim’. When times were tough, the tough got tougher. Stories of the Great Depression and World War II were discussed and shared by grandparents who so eloquently reminded us that hard times brought about innovation, creativity, collaboration and honor. Things were in no way perfect and at times impossible for some, but one gets the impression that there was no time for slacking.
In recent years, our country’s economy has declined. It’s worsened more so in the past several years because many government leaders are unwilling to address the real issues. It’s worsened because power has become more appealing than leadership. It’s worsened because government has hastened dependency by taking the provider role for an ever growing constituency. Men in our government no longer follow a code of ethics mixed with a bit of machismo. (Ronald Reagan and GWB excluded). A growing percentage of fathers are unemployed today, mainly due to the worsening economy which was hastened by irresponsible policies set forth by President Obama. Some fathers are forced to accept an unemployment check. Statistics indicate that the longer one is receiving unemployment, the less likely a real job will ensue. Women have taken on the role of provider in many families. Simultaneously, segments of society have come to ‘accept’ out-of-wedlock births and simply attribute it to “their culture”. The fathers flee the scene with little or no responsibility to “man up” to their consequence. Likewise, some men leave the marriage with ambitions to minimize ‘child support’ obligations (is this a cowboy?)
Poverty results as many mock the tradition of the nuclear family. Poverty is highly preventable by instituting measures, such as graduating from high school and getting married before having a child. Why isn’t this issue the focus of the rhetoric from the so-called Leadership? The answer is frightening. Our leadership cares more about their votes and power than about the future and integrity of this nation. (I call it like I see it!)
Most recently, we have our country’s leadership ‘evolving’ in acceptance of ‘gay marriage’. Indeed, we’ve come far from the rugged cowboy days! Both the President and Vice President of the free world have ‘come out’ to say they ‘have no problem with it’ and their opinion has ‘evolved’ over the past three years. Nature unequivocally supports the union between man and woman. (Are there any other species having evolved in this former manner?) We also are entertained with the so-called ‘war on women’ that takes all responsibility off of the American male by touting that all women should receive ‘free contraceptives’, not to mention ‘free abortions’. Indeed it is one thing to mind our own business and accept that some people cling to their leftist beliefs, but hasn’t the current administration with the help of leftover baggage from the Women’s Movement, gone just a bit too far? Let’s ask a couple cowboys.
Cowboy #1: Our country is failing men. In most circumstances, the man is meant to be the head of the household. The man is meant to provide and protect. Instead, many men are allowing the taxpayer to support him and/or his family. Many are out of work because of the disastrous economy hastened by actions from a weak President. The government is enabling men to behave badly. (There was a time when men’s pride refused this sort of help!)
Me: Thankfully, there is still spotting of quality men but you won’t find them in the “Occupy Movement” or in top executive positions in government.
Cowboy #2: Many men have too much time on their hands with little ambition, motivation and pride. Men are escaping their obligations because the government expects so little of them, but mostly these men expect so little of themselves. Many men resort to ugly behaviors, such as porn, alcohol, drugs and laziness. (Is this a cowboy?)
Me: Acts of crime, rape and addictions have risen, especially in highly impoverished areas. Maybe if these guys were forced to find work, there would be no time for these shenanigans! (The first man who knocks on my door and offers to clean my windows will get paid in cash)
Cowboy #3: Men in the highest government positions REFUSE to admit to mistakes and blunderings. In spite of congressional attempts, the Attorney General, Eric Holder refuses to admit to any wrongdoing in the Fast and Furious Scandal. President Obama ignores reality of adding 5 trillion dollars in debt to our nation’s credit. Instead of standing like a real man, President Obama shifts blame on anything but himself. Instead of empowering people to work hard and come together, our President placates groups and instigates divisiveness amongst social classes, genders, races, etc.
Me: Ronald Reagan: You are missed!
So what’s an American woman to do? Are there any ‘cowboys’ left? The answer is yes, but these men are on the endangered species list. Only the real cowboys will ‘man up’ to responsibility, hard work and obligation, in spite of temptations of an easier road. The real cowboys of today put family, God and country first. They are our military, our dedicated fathers, husbands, brothers and friends who quietly take care of their lives and families without asking for a handout. They take blame for failures and defect the praise when it is due. Unfortunately, the shameless White House leadership today chooses to champion the likes of the evolving role of the male. President Obama embraces failure and demonizes success. By his actions, President Obama and Team encourage dependency rather than independence. Instead of standing up for what is right, they carefully craft a polarizing theme to divert attention from the real problems. The current political leadership of the Left is a shallow lot of selfish, arrogant, eccentrically weak men waiting for the next opportunity to win over more followers. What do these men really stand for? Whose side are they on?
America needs to evolve by returning to fundamental, traditional values. Our country needs a selfless, experienced, humble and knowledgeable man to take over as Leader of the Free World. America needs a Cowboy! Take that to the polls in November.