Who and What is the Happy Warrior

The Happy Warrior is the title of a poem... and yes, I love this poem. I do not wish to be mischaracterized, for the most part poetry is not my bag. I am not an afficionado of literature nor am I a metro-sexual (I despise that term) but a dear friend introduced me to this masterpiece of prose several years ago... it has provided no end of inspiration. The Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth outlines the qualities of a magnificent soul. I aspire to possess even one or two characteristics that "every man in arms should wish to be."

This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.

(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

My woman as the answer to feminist drivel

Over the course of my whole life the traditional role of women -as a homemaker, nurturer and housewife- has been denigrated and socially condemned. Real meaning and self-fulfillment, they were told by the academic and cultural elites, was to be found outside the home. You need to be more like men. To prove your emancipation from the ubiquitous oppression of a patriarchal system you needed to leave the old fashioned, simpleton notion of motherhood (personified by the "barefoot and pregnant" stereotype) in the dust-heep of social progress. It is interesting to me that the crowd which extols the virtues of non-judgmentalism and despises stereotypes has no qualms judging women who choose to spend their best years (i.e. prime earning years) in the home building children instead of corporations and dismissing them as ignorant and backwards.

Think I am over-the-top and overly sensitive on this conception of the prevailing view of women?... Consider the recent declaration in response to Glenn Beck's August 28th event on the National Mall that was published in one of the leading online news publications:
"His religion typifies the noble lie that the neocons originally set out to defend against the counterculture--Archie Bunker's America--where a woman's place was in the home and with baby, and an African American's place was in a ghetto. (Mormons revere women much like Hindis do the cow."
Never mind the religious, political and racial canards and untenable attacks stuffed into that single sentence. For my purposes I draw your attention to the smear against those pathetic Mormon women -and may I be so openminded and inclusive as to include Christian women of any denomination that holds the place of women in similar high regard.

Those who decided to maintain their profession as Chief Executive Mom have been mocked for their naivete as if they were somehow taking the easy way out by not participating in the real world where real problems demanded problem solving, intelligence, education, managerial skills and tenacity.

What a load of bull$#*!% (I'm sorry, I can't bring myself to vulgarity even when it is absolutely appropriate... the repressive religious standards I have so blindly bought into over the course of my lifetime have too large of a hold on me). I am honored to offer as "Exhibit A" a single case study as proof that a woman who has elected to stay at home is every bit as intelligent, sophisticated, accomplished and capable as any so called progressive business, academic or social elite. I challenge you to match your intellectual acumen, your education, your problem solving ability, your analytical capacity, your managerial skills and your tenacity against Mrs. Mom Wicke. Begin by reading any of her recent blog entries and try to apply those tired old anti-woman arguments.

I could hire one of a thousand women to manage a company for me or to lead up a sales team or to develop a study of some complicated social phenomenon, but there is only one woman in a million who has the skillset to raise my three children -children who will inherit a world teetering on the edge of social and political catastrophe- so that they will be prepared to successfully face the challenges of tomorrow. And while I certainly have a biased judgment of my wife, she is not alone. I know hundreds of women who have rejected the empty epithets of a feminized generation and embraced a role of mother and protector of the home. These are highly educated, extraordinarily capable women of insight and capacity. They choose to apply their influence in their homes. And because they make strong homes, their communities, nations and our society is likewise stronger.