We recently observed Father’s Day. Most dads do not get upset if the entire day was not about them. We often see this as just another day, but we should be thankful for those who take time and send us a text or call us on the phone; we certainly appreciate those cute gifts our little ones so happily pick out for us. As a dad, I know my responsibilities are more than just procreation. There is a particular element to being a father and a man. That same element is under attack by leftists.
In the last decade or so, there has been a dramatic shift away from the importance of fatherhood. Leftists rejection of men is not a mistake.
The last few years have been laced with the term “toxic masculinity.” This term is a derogatory phrase meant to break men down from the traditional roles we hold. Leftists hate traditional masculinity and have set out on a mission to remove certain masculine traits and remake men into what they think we should be.
The idea that we can remove traditional manly traits and still have a healthy culture and society is ludicrous. Regardless of your beliefs, religion or secularist, God or nature determined that man and woman are needed, and both parties have unique core traits physically but almost more importantly emotionally and psychologically.
Leftists have done their best to break down the traditional family unit and have succeeded in many ways. Now, we see the results of their labor, and how has our society improved? Hint: it has not. Our culture has soured.
Let me go ahead and say this. I understand there are single-parent homes with just the mother present. Those types of situations are not the topic in this column. I am strictly discussing how the left has systematically gone after masculinity in traditional nuclear family units and how destructive it has been.
An involved father brings a different dynamic into the house. My wife has often told me that when I get home, the kids act differently. This is not to say that she’s not capable of handling discipline and setting rules. At a biological and psychological level, there is something about a man that sets the tone for young kids. The left wants to remove the presence of a masculine man simply for social justice reasons, one example being the patriarchy they call so evil.
Over the years, leftists have redefined the look of households. They have promoted an independent woman movement and said, “I don’t need a man. I can do this all myself.” Of course, it is not healthy to be entirely dependent on another individual. However, as I mentioned earlier, the need for a man and a woman does not apply simply to procreation. It also applies to raise children as well.
Make no mistake. The entire point of radical feminism and browbeating men is to destroy the traditional family unit. Our country’s past is deeply involved with Christianity and The Bible. Leftists have apparent disdain for conservative traditions because they carry many Judeo-Christian values.
Jordan Peterson, a psychology professor from the University of Toronto, made a brilliant statement. He is vehemently against the left’s attacks on men and often speaks on how destructive leftism is to society. He once said, “A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is a very, very dangerous man who has it under voluntary control.”
Peterson is right. Apply this to political and cultural issues. The left does not and cannot tolerate when someone tells them they are wrong. They prefer that the victims of their consistent badgering roll over and capitulate to their demands. When a man decides that a line has been crossed, he will stand up and push back as any real man should. Leftists cannot handle rebukes. Men standing up for what is right for their families must be stopped because the left cannot win due to the lack of logic in their arguments.
The left started the term “toxic masculinity” to shame men. Our country, society, and culture need men who are competitive, aggressive when needed, stoic and driven. However, the most important place for these traits to be is in the home.
Dads are important to a child’s development. No other person can replace the benefits of an involved, loving dad and what that does for children’s emotional and psychological development. The left cannot show an example where our society has improved, or the culture has become more beneficial.
Children need a masculine father, not a beta male dad.
If the left calls me toxic because I am stoic at times around my children, show them tough love, instill discipline, teach them traditional values, have guns, and believe in the tenants of conservatism then call me The Toxic Man.
It is time to entirely reject leftism in our homes and put masculinity at the head of the house. Smash leftist beliefs, not the patriarchy.
Happy Father’s Day, Men.
John Dempsey is a graduate of American Military University and has a deep understanding of law enforcement issues and how they relate to the Constitution, society and our culture. He’s been published in BearingArms.com and AmericanThinker.com. He can be followed on Twitter @John_Demp83.