Josh Hawley is not having a good week. Actually, he hasn’t had a good MONTH. The fist-raising Senator has been out of the spotlight lately, and this appears to be bothering him greatly. So, in a desperate attempt to be relevant, Hawley let loose a vicious rant about — wait for it — toxic masculinity.
“The problem with the left’s assault on the masculine virtues is that those self-same qualities, the very ones that the left now vilifies as toxic and dangerous, have long been regarded as vital to self-government.”
What? Can someone please explain to me WHAT this person is talking about? Toxic masculinity — the term anyway — has been popping up a lot lately. I would not be at all surprised to soon see the weaponizing of men’s masculinity by the GOP. In fact, it has already started.
Hawley seems to regard himself as the proverbial alpha male. That is a joke. Allow me to point out another Hawley quote: “Observers from the ancient Romans to our forefathers identified the manly virtues as indispensable to political liberty.”
Ancient Romans? Perhaps Hawley really has begun to believe his own fallacious words. Who knows? Anything’s possible. But I can assure Hawley that was Julius Caesar were still around today, he most likely would have despised Hawley.
The ancient Romans valued courage. Caesar was deeply appreciative of boldness. Just look at how he met Queen Cleopatra, who was smuggled into the palace wrapped in a red rug. Mr. Hawley seems to be confusing aggression with courage. This is not the case and never will be.
Hawley wears his fear as a cloak. It dwarfs him, shouting out his craven behavior. And said behavior is immortalized on film for all to see, in a single photo of Hawley betraying his country with a singular raised fist.
Hawley can speak of masculinity all he wants. But masculinity requires courage and bold ideas. Spinelessness is met with contempt by the genuinely masculine. This is something that Hawley cannot understand because he sees only what he wants to see.