Speaking to Elizabeth Alexander in Chicago on Wednesday, Michelle Obama said, “It’s like the problem in the world today is we love our boys and we raise our girls. We raise them to be strong, and sometimes we take care not to hurt men. And I think we pay for that a little. And that’s a “we” thing because we’re raising them.”
Here, she touches on a shocking statistic but balks at the opportunity to discuss it further. When she says “we’re raising them,” she is referring, of course, to women. She’s right, but for all the wrong reasons. Fatherlessness is one of the most serious problems we’re facing as a society. 73% of black children today are born into a home without a father. For whites, it’s 25%. Those are staggering numbers, and they only increased under her husband’s administration. But hey, it’s a new day. No need to focus on that.
She continues, “It’s powerful to have strong men but what does that strength mean? Does it mean respect? Does it mean responsibility? Does it mean compassion?”
Yes, Michelle. That’s exactly what it means.
“Or are we protecting our men too much so that they feel a little entitled and a little, you know, self-righteous sometimes?”
“And that’s kind of on us, too, as women and mothers as we nurture men and push girls to be perfect.”
Nurturing men in the age of toxic masculinity? And who’s pushing girls to be perfect? Identifying a goal and working like hell to make it a reality is just about as American as it gets – at least it used to be until Progressives decided that it’s easier to seek compensation for the work of carrying around heavy social grudges. Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of this kind of thinking. During her campaign she shrugged off an entire state based on the assumption of her superiority while Donald Trump was doing 3-4 campaign rallies a day in states no one thought he could win. What kind of message does it send when the first female candidate for a major political party gets outworked by her opponent by such a towering margin? From September 12th until election day Donald Trump held 105 rallies. On November 6th alone Trump held six rallies in as many states. By contrast Hillary Clinton held just 5 rallies in the month of September and those rallies brought out a total of 1,250 people. Trump’s rallies brought out an average of 5,800 people. On September 9th in Pensacola, FL Trump spoke to a crowd of 55,000 making it the largest political event in Florida’s history and the third largest in U.S. history behind only MLK’s Washington March and Trump’s own Alabama rally in March of 2016. But y’know, sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, white skin privilege, misogyny, hatred, billionayuhs.
“Look, I don’t have boys; I’m not raising boys, I’m raising girls. So a lot of my focus as a mother – I’m thinking about how do I make sure these girls are sturdy and able to exist in a world that is dangerous for women.”
By now you might be thinking, hey, didn’t I hear something about one of Michelle Obama’s daughters lifting her skirt for photographers before passing out drunk and high at a music festival over the summer? And while that is absolutely true, you’re wrong. Why? Because, well, because all kinds of stuff you can’t understand. She grew up in the White House, y’know, and that isn’t easy. It’s not as easy as say, being the son of a bartender, waking up to eviction notices still making it to Boy Scouts with a neatly pressed uniform and a smile. But hey, maybe that’s just me.
Michelle continues, “We have to raise our children to be people.”
Deep. Possible future campaign slogan?
“Whether they have had struggles or whatever the world has for them, we have to raise them to be ready to be independent, well-meaning, kind, compassionate people, and I don’t know if that’s different for boys and girls – regardless of what they’re confronting in the world.”
What our children are confronting right now is a group of people who are attempting to destroy the differences between boys and girls, while making the claim that we’re not doing a good enough job of raising boys.
Just as the Fearless Girl statue has come to symbolize America’s young women, Pajama Boy represents the ideal Progressive man to the same people who claim that having a loving a family is an unfair advantage, that mathematics is sexist and discriminatory, and that men like Gary Sinese somehow contribute to a culture that advances toxic masculinity. Indeed, there is a form of toxic masculinity in America, and it is headquartered in the Progressive utopia of Hollywood, California.
As a boy whenever I complained to my parents I would hear “life isn’t fair.” I hated that phrase. I hated it because it meant that sometimes I would be disappointed, that sometimes I’d be let down. I hated that phrase because it was true and I knew it. I knew that sometimes I would get nothing for my best efforts. It still happens but I keep going.
“Life isn’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” When Rocky Balboa said that, it meant something to boys like me. But that’s when a sport was a sport, and groovin was groovin, John Mellencamp.