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On April 22, Allen West gave a now-famous speech to a group called Women Impacting the Nation explaining that the most pressing duty of strong, American women is to breed and support strong, American men. I reported on this fascinating contention, and the story traveled a goodly ways -- even getting a mention in the New York Times. At length, the folks at Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism got a hold of it and answered my original essay with this rebuttal: "Telling Us Who They Fear: Left Wing Journo Attacks Rep. Allen West," by Warner Todd Huston.

Note: I have just linked to Huston's story. Even though Huston spent 750 words grousing about my horribleness, he never linked to mine. This lapse is very nearly an admission of defeat. So's his first line:

Brandon K. Thorp, a gay activist from the alternative newsweekly Broward-Palm Beach New Times newspaper, is only the latest left-winger to launch a verbal assault on Lt. Col. Allen West...

Thus does Huston edge dangerously close to ad hominem twice before even explaining what he's on about. A logician Huston isn't. (And a gay activist, I'm not. Nor am I merely the "latest" person to criticize West; I was also among the first, and I'm certainly the most constant.) A serious critique can withstand open comparison with the object of criticism and can be made without reference to anybody's sexual proclivities.

In my article, I took issue with West's admonishment of women for failing to raise a generation of strong men. I suggested it was American men, and not American women, who are most in need of a parental pep talk. I didn't think this was a controversial point. I worked for several years at a homeless shelter for teens and saw many, many 16-, 17-, and 18-year-old mothers deserted by their boyfriends. I never met a 16-year-old father left in the lurch by his girl. Has anyone documented an epidemic of abandoned young fathers? Ever?

Here's what Huston has to say on the matter:

...who is it, might I ask, that allows these men to roam from baby-momma to baby-momma? Why, yes, that would be women. Sorry, Thorpster, but women set the tone for marriage and a family. It has always been thus. Does it absolve men from roaming around? No, of course not. But to say, as Thorp did, that women are any less in need than a pep talk about childrearing is simply Thorp's PCism run amock. He is one of those castrati that can't possibly imagine that a woman might need a pep-talk about anything. In his weak-willed world, women can't be wrong, because they are oppressed "minorities," you see?

I must struggle mightily to banish from my mind the fascinating notion that "worlds" have "wills," and focus instead on Huston's first point: That women are somehow responsible not only for their own behavior, but for the sluttiness of their menfolk. I'm not sure Huston quite realizes he's made this argument, but since he has, let's hope he'll expand on it. How is it that women "allow" their men to slut around, and how might they curb this permissiveness? The young women of America need to know.

Elsewhere, Huston claims that I've called Allen West "hateful and stupid." I didn't. I said that one of Allen West's statements was hateful and stupid, and it was. In that statement, West said that the women of Code Pink are "neutering American men and bringing us to this point of incredible weakness." The utterance is hateful because it paints West's ideological opponents as actual enemies, as creatures of evil out to sabotage an entire gender. It's stupid because nobody wants to inhabit a world in which people think this way. Believe it or not, it really is possible to disagree with people without thinking the worst of them. Allen West hasn't mastered that trick, and if Huston's column is at all representative, neither have his fans.

I''m sick to death of repeating this point, but here goes: The problem with West is that thinking of one's law-abiding, civically engaged fellow citizens in terms of friends and enemies, good and evil, inevitably makes hash out of debate and renders meaningful discourse impossible. And a republic that cannot talk to itself cannot endure. I never called Allen West "hateful" or "stupid," nor would I. But Mr. Huston -- a grown man and a successful political columnist -- really did call me a castrati. If he'd done so at a bar, I'd take him outside. Since he did so in print, I'll just thank him for proving my point.
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Sam
Sam

The reason it is the fault of women, is because these folks (generally on the right) think that women, by working, by becoming educated, by demanding rights in the workplace, the school place, rights regarding the control over one's body and one's body's baby making, by thinking for themselves and not obeying the menfolk, have damaged men and their self esteem. And since men can no longer control their womenfolk, they no longer respect commitment and marriage, etc. and therefore slut around.

Furthermore, because men now have to compete with women in college, professional and grad school (women do out number men in college) the only power men have is in sexual interaction. There was actually a recent article in Slate.com that talked about this issue and the hook up phenom on college campuses and that men are in the power position.

ComelyFederalist
ComelyFederalist

Wait, so women are the problem in our society? And here I thought my impulses were a result of a disease called "How you doing?"

I know men who cheat on their wives. Lord knows that women need a pep talk to how to treat each us. And no doubt women set the tone for marriage, but we set the example.

You can tell Allen(West) sure doesn't go out a lot--let alone I'm not even a party animal. Believe it or not, all women still like that romantic, classy, gentleman, etc stuff. To say that members from Code Pink are the reason why we are sissies sure makes me want to meet one my age. In the words of Brian(Griffin), I would totally wreck that chick. Though I believe she would scare me more, feminists don't play around; especially hate on the Cubs, good luck getting some.

Joe6
Joe6

The best reason to vote for Allen West --

He is not a shitbird lawyer

In fact he replaced one whose main career was lobbying which is what he has returned to. Ron Klein's premier achievement was to build up his Rolodex during his four years in Congress. Now he's cashing in same as shitbird lawyer Mel Martinez who was so eager to make the really big bucks he quit his Senate term midway

nanook5
nanook5

torturer>lawyer, there's an interesting value system at play here

Calvin Clifford Mortz
Calvin Clifford Mortz

"Definition of CASTRATO : a singer castrated before puberty to preserve the soprano or contralto range of his voice"..plural of Castrati. Had to consult Websters on this non-oft used word. Hope your Mom used Hydrogen Peroxide on this secret place wound. Perhaps you should transmit him an audio of your alto tenor to argue this queerly made ( no pun intended) point.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I just went home for a late lunch and had sex with my girlfriend. A heterosexual activist never rests.

Joe6
Joe6

Yeah right. You'll be a desperate neurotic liberal once Bob Norman leaves. Wait a sec, you already are

nanook5
nanook5

allen west's campaign offices could use a slutwalk...

Ed Foley
Ed Foley

I suspect the biggest problem Col. West has with the Left is that he is a black man who clearly left the plantation by becoming a Republican. He seems very capable in dealing with enemies foreign and domestic and frankly, I find it refreshing to hear a politician who is willing to speak his mind and give voters a clear choice.West will not alter his opinions to win over voters - he is saying "Here I am, this is what I believe" - if more were willing to do that we would all be better off. Weasels dominate the world of politics. It's a sad commentary on the views of the left but I am always amazed at how intolerant the "officially tolerant" have become. I had always believed the first black president would be a Republican so my beliefs may be as flawed as those of the Left. I suppose that is the flaw of thinking form over substance.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Very telling that you have decided to make anyone's dislike for Allen West, a racial issue. My dislike of him has absolutely nothing to do with his racial category. Maybe it is you that are consumed with his racial status. I have no fear of him, but it is his slurpers, as you seem to be, that give me the willies.

Mr. West does not speak to or for the common good. He has a very skewed agenda, which is one of self promotion and his warped sense of reality.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I think the problem is that West wasn't elected to tell us how to raise our children. He was elected to solve problems using the legislative process. You conservatives always fixate on nonsense which is why you are so attracted to West's rhetoric.

And most of you have penis issues. How else would you explain the neverending fixation with all of this "we are tougher than you" talk.

Uh, no you're not. You're just more intolerant of others (gays) and ignorant. That would make you weaker.

Guest
Guest

I'm so amazed he has anyone following his CRAP!

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

I had no idea you were gay/gay activist. I guess I should stop reading you now that I know. Kudos to Warner Todd Houston for enlightening me. I won't be able to read him either, because it is widely known that people who refer to themselves with 3 names have no credibility, just like gays. Let me know when you decide to become not gay, so I can resume reading your contributions.

BTW, I just turned off my sarcasm switch. Carry on.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I understand that Congressman West is lobbying to amend the famous plaque found at the base of the Statute of Liberty.

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free", (insert) "and your strong vaginas".

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