COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 26, 2016 — Alpha males have value.
Been wronged? Call an alpha male. Broken down on the side of the road? Chances are, an alpha male will stop to help. Home invasion? Alpha male policeman. High-rise on fire? Alpha male fireman. Broken country? Again, alpha male.
Look at our entertainment culture. In the popular NCIS navy detective show, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a man of action, not words, cuts his rare steak with his large hunting knife. James Bond beds beautiful women as he fights international evil. Bruce Willis’s “Die Hard” films are a veritable aestheticization of violence.
Alpha males, all.
Politics is the logical extension of this pattern. Power from the end of a gun to power from a certain je ne sais quoi swagger. May the most alpha male win. The Donald is as American in that regard as they come. You hit him, he answers back harder.
You say you’ll never build his f***ing wall, as the former Mexican leader said this past week, and he responds with, “The wall just got 10 feet taller.”
And voters applaud our leading Alpha Male.
Even soft-spoken President Barack Obama can get his alpha male on: “They bring a knife, we bring a gun.”
Let’s face it, America likes its Second Amendment because we like not being kicked around. The wimpy guy goes to the gym to transform himself into our ideal, the muscular, hard body male, capable of taking on the world. On Bazooka Joe comics, the wimp on the beach gets sand kicked in his face while the muscle man gets the girl in the bikini.
Of course Donald Trump is in the lead. He evinces John Wayne, the NRA, Gen. Patton and legions of military alpha males.
Face it, America. The alpha male, feminism and soft liberalism notwithstanding, is here to stay.
The next GOP duel, on March 3 in Detroit, will highlight alpha male Donald Trump with verbal sword drawn to take out his enemies.
Political pundits keep waiting for him to self-destruct. In order for that to happen, America would have to change its whole Wild West self-image. Give up our guns? Not bloody likely. Take a back seat? Not gonna happen. Turn our backs on football, a national obsession? Are you kidding?!
Donald Trump is our “alpha male de jour.” Get on board or get over it.