WASHINGTON, February 4, 2017 — The world has come down with a severe case of the vapors. That’s because President Donald J. Trump has a powerful effect on women.
Just ask actress Ashley Judd. She told attendees at the recent Women’s March on Washington that Trump makes her feel “nasty.” In her overwrought and disjointed speech, which touched on everything from menstruation to “Electoral-College-sanctioned hate speech,” Judd asked a rhetorical question of a throng wearing knitted hats shaped like a certain female body part, why she and fellow actress Scarlett Johansson are paid less than more popular, and there for higher paid, male actors.
And when Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States from seven Islamic nations that tend to export those who espouse a murderous religious ideology, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer became a veritable gynecomorphous geyser of tears.
While Trump instinctively dismisses the caterwauling of the mainstream media, the enervated damsels of the GOP’s congressional leadership cower at the mere thought of a New York Times hit piece.
This has put Trump in the position of having to give Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a gentle kick in the pants. He told the Senate’s top Republican to stop being such a cupcake in the face of Democratic moves to block his conservative Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and just “go nuclear.”
Some have wondered why Trump tweets so feverishly at all hours of the day and night. It may have something to do with what Brett McKay said in his book “30 Days to a Better Man: the Art of Manliness”:
“I’ve noticed that when I take the time to really think and meditate upon what I value as a man and then write those things down, I’m more likely to have the courage and confidence to make choices based on those values. There’s something about actually writing down your values that make you more committed to living them.”
In many ways, Trump has a lot of the same qualities as Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt, who said the man of action “best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Even in defeat, it’s hard to imagine Trump weeping, which is not the case for most Washington politicians. Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner was prone to open the waterworks at the drop of a hat. And former President Obama did likewise at the mere thought of denying Americans their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
When American Olympian Bruce Jenner announced via ABC’s Diane Sawyer that he would now and forever self-identify as the woman “Caitlyn,” the testosterone-drenched television sports network ESPN announced it would recognize Jenner’s public (and eventual medical) emasculation with its “courage” award.
During the recent presidential campaign, The Los Angeles Times called Trump “a parody of American manhood,” but added his “flagrant and empty machismo” was “not a distraction from his campaign but its substance.”
That was certainly born out last November. Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote by nearly 3 million souls, but I suspect male voters in flyover country helped carry the day for Trump in the Electoral College; an institution designed by men who feared the rank emotionalism of the mob would taint the selection of the nation’s chief executive.
At a recent White House press conference, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn got decidedly butch while announcing the Trump administration’s response to an Iranian missile test in violation of a toothless United Nations resolution.
“The international community has been too tolerant of Iran’s bad behavior,” said Flynn. “The ritual of convening a United Nations Security Council in an emergency meeting and issuing a strong statement is not enough. The Trump Administration will no longer tolerate Iran’s provocations that threaten our interests.”
“Could new Trump sanctions lead to war?” asked a headline in USA Today.
Only if the leader of the Western world allows Iran to develop nuclear weapons to mount atop the missiles it now tests.
“The courage we desire and prize,” said Thomas Carlyle, “is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.”
Could the knitting of so-called pussy hats and outbursts of violence at safe-space university campuses be the result of the Trump presidency’s having stalled the left’s emasculation of America?