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Published : August 27th, 2012
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History will notice -- even if we are too chickenshit to face it now -- that the extraordinary turpitudes of US politics today represent an unprecedented failure of American manhood. It's everywhere and pervasive along the spectrum of party politics, as untruth is everywhere and pervasive in American life.

The Republican case is too painfully obvious - Congressman Todd Akin being only the latest buffoon from the vast red state flyover cultural wilderness of franchise food and franchise thought to expose himself as lacking the basic male decency to defend womanhood against the consequences of plain-and-simple rape. In Dixieland Republicanism - now a misty region-of-mind that extends way beyond the old Confederate borders - you have the perfect confluence of sheer stupidity with the put-on, fake religiosity of men too weak to take responsibility for their own actions. They can just pawn everything off on Jesus: the good, the bad, the mystifying, the shameful. All the Republican men have to do is show up at the Nascar oval in time for barbeque. As for the courage of convictions, watch VP-designate Paul Ryan haul his mom out before a crowd of Florida retirees to prove his allegiance to Medicare and Social Security - two programs he would like to dismantle - on top of the fact that his mom is exactly the sort of multi-millionaire who a sane society would means-test out of receiving old-age support from the less fortunate taxpayers.

The Democratic party case is more interesting to me, being a life-long registered Democrat, perhaps partly accounted for by my Manhattan Jewish upbringing. I was coming-of-age and paying attention when Lyndon B. Johnson chose manfully to sacrifice the future votes of all Dixieland - his home territory - by signing legislation aimed at resolving the unfinished business of the Civil War. Even the fiasco of Vietnam that followed the Civil Rights years was acknowledged by many Democrats then in power as a tragic error. They had the courage of men conscious in crisis.

A perverse residue of those Civil Rights years lingers on today in the campaign for gay marriage, which affects to be identical in substance, and which is now, ironically, the only vector of action in Democratic politics inviting male valor - while it is also a huge distraction from many far more pressing tribulations we face, from resource scarcity to the well-being of the only planetary ecosystem we call home. I say, ironically, because gay marriage represents an existential endeavor that seeks to escape or nullify the fundamental tensions of the two-sexed human race. Like all things fashion-oriented, its essence is novelty, and the essence of novelty is that its charms wear off. Sooner or later, the charm of being not quite a man and not quite a woman will seem less than compelling to those not directly preoccupied by it. I bring it up because the Democrats have (foolishly) made it the public's business to the exclusion of other things. So, for Democrats, the last remaining imaginable act of male valor in the arena of politics is to come out of the closet. Where else is valor found in Democratic politics? What amount of valor has been attached to the act of fighting to reestablish the rule of law in American finance, upon which the fate of the nation truly hangs?

None. Zero. Last week Mr. Obama's Department of Justice dropped its case against Goldman Sachs's CDO swindling operations - a case that was served up on a silver platter by the report from Senator Carl Levin's Senate subcommittee hearings. Not one lawyer in the entire DOJ took a public stand against that act of gross negligence. It's only the latest in a long string of failures-of-nerve in the desperately needed rescue of legitimacy in American affairs. Every agency head, every person in authority in Mr. Obama's government has evaded the single-most pressing issue of our time. From the center of power to the margins of power and everywhere in between, real masculine courage is absent.

Where was valor in the face of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, when some Democrat in the two other branches of government could have proposed a legislative remedy, even a constitutional amendment, to clarify the distinction between the standing of citizens and corporations in wielding money as political speech? Who in Obamaland has asked Jamie Dimon to account for JP Morgan's missing $6 billion? And, of course, Jon Corzine is still at large.

In fact, all the male energies in American political economy have been directed lately in the service of a one multifarious enterprise: the support of fraud, which includes the promotion of untruth, the protection of the wicked, and the evasion of reality. That can only end badly as this vast cargo of lies passes through the event horizon of circumstance and sucks us into the unknown territory that lies beyond the fall of empire. You can be certain of this: genuine male energy will re-emerge from the shadows and that energy will re-engage the still unresolved tensions abroad in this land. When they do, anything can happen. For now, the election of 2012 remains a mere pussy riot.

The storm churning through the Gulf of Mexico may remind us just how large and uncontrollable the forces of nature are as the curtain rises on the political season of a grievously misled nation.



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James Howard Kunstler has worked as a reporter and feature writer for a number of newspapers, and finally as a staff writer for Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975, he dropped out to write books on a full-time basis. His nonfiction book, "The Long Emergency," describes the changes that American society faces in the 21st century. Discerning an imminent future of protracted socioeconomic crisis, Kunstler foresees the progressive dilapidation of subdivisions and strip malls, the depopulation of the American Southwest, and, amid a world at war over oil, military invasions of the West Coast; when the convulsion subsides, Americans will live in smaller places and eat locally grown food.
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Kunstler hits the mark again. He forgot to mention male endeavors and energies conspicuously absent when the cowards in congress drop bombs on some hapless nation filled with the poverty stricken and very hungry. Hmmm, how many of these 'freedom loving' congress persons are veterans of ANY of the wars they so enthusiastically endorse or simply veterans of military service? Check out the leadership of both parties and they are filled with military service avoiders. Check out the pundits and 'wise men' whose 'counsel' is relied upon by the likes of Bush, Cheney, Obama and those festering in the seats of congress and who eagerly stand on the sidelines wishing our sons and daughters good luck as they push them out the door and off to the fields of fire to fight the heathen and then turn around with their hands out to receive payment from those making the weapons. Nah, don't expect too much to happen to the crooks and liars who've looted our economy, wealth and futures. They're too busy waving the flag and filling their personal accounts to be bothered by things like integrity, honesty and responsibility. I'd say it's way past time for us to reclaim not only the almost forgotten fundamentals of workable capitalism; but also the methods most desperate situations and people need to throw the bums out.
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Correct me if I am wrong but the US Congress has not declared a war in 50 years or more. You would not let such a mundane decision to be made by the representative of We the People, would you ?
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You're absolutely correct; yet the congress does still possess a function - they can officially endorse such presidential declarations of war by NOT impeaching the fearless leader for ignoring the constitutional process. Afghanistan, Panama, Iraq, Grenada, the ongoing bombing of Pakistan and soon, although we might all say a few words of entreaty and mercy to our chosen Power Greater Than Ourselves that the current 'leadership' does not begin WW lll and begin dropping bombs on Iran.
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If we had our own foreign policy instead of Israels that would be a start in the right direction.
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The U.S. military itself has stripped the art of war of all manly attributes of heroism, bravery and sacrifice to craven, degenerate cowardice. Gradually, the battlefield is shifting from the brutal hazards of the battlefront to air conditioned, heavily guarded installations in the U.S. where souless and dispassionate botton men scan images on TV screens broadcast from pilotless drones to hurl their murderous hellfire missiles at any unfortunate, hapless targets who may or may not be terrorists. Judge, jury and executioners all in one neat sanitary package. How convenient! It must take a real dickless, ball less, yellow bellied, amoral coward to willingly engage in such murderous activities which undoubtedly lead to major casualties among women, children and old people. It sure makes me proud to be a veteran.
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Another Monday morning incoherent screed by Kunstler this time targeting male valor -- mainly Republican and because of one idiotic remark by Akin. Kunstler will use any incident to condemn a nation, a culture, the universe. He is as full of contradiction as Joe Six-Pack's bladder.

1) He says the Democratic party is more interesting to him mainly because of his Jewish upbringing. That the Democrats, and Obama in particular, are anti-Israel is of no concern to him.

2) He refers to "Dixieland Republicanism" as if it were the Republicans, and not Plantation Democrats, keeping their menials in line by offering food stamps and welfare for votes.

Finally, as is offen the case in his articles, he offers an apocalyptic vision of nature crushing an errant humanity: "The storm churning through the Gulf of Mexico may remind us just how large and uncontrollable the forces of nature are as the curtain rises on the political season of a grievously misled nation."

Morning mornings come around so quickly.

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Wow..! Talk about missing the mark. Jim take of the anti-Kunstler glasses for a few minutes and reread the article. Then reread the crap you posted. Your comment is based on attributes you have given the man without there being any cause to so do. You've skewed the article, which is exactly what you seem to want to achieve, in other words you completely lack credibility. You take so much hatred of the man into every article he writes that what you come out with is so far off the mark that you’re not even batting in the same universe.

Get a grip and man up!

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