You decide: A macho thing, bravado or penile deficiency
After I heard Gen. James T. Conway, Commandant of the Marine Corps, make some asinine statements I seriously questioned his motives for being a Marine. It is obvious that the man is a homophobe, but worse, I seriously question his rationale….Being a Marine is a “macho” thing and gays are weaklings and too prissy to defend our country. If that were the case, then women should also be excluded from the Military and I have known some women as well as some queens who have more testicular fortitude than this asshole.
What is disturbing to me is that this macho-bravado thing translates into actions that demonstrate a pride in the act of killing. It is killing for sport…kind of like hunting for sport; whether you kill a beast in the wild or another human being for sport that to me is totally immoral, repugnant and perverse. Don’t get me wrong…I still support the right of Americans to bear arms and keep them in a safe place where children can’t access them, and killing an animal in order to eat is quite acceptable.
Arms ownership also brings me to the contentious point of gun control. It is abundantly clear that not many of our citizens would have any use for a tank or a machine gun. It has become a national nightmare that any one person could carry a gun and shoot arbitrarily at a crowd or at a law enforcement person. This makes the job of police that much harder. I am in favor of registering and legally owning fire arms…but only to those who do not have a criminal record or are mentally stable. The SECOND AMENDMENT OPTION has to be used with prudence and wisdom…not a free for all, wild west type of an environment; or worse yet…propose like Sharon Angle did that we should use our 2nd Amendment option if elections didn’t go the way Teahadists wanted.
Frankly, I am more concerned about home-grown terrorists than I am of the radical Muslim Jihadists. We have seen what damage somebody like Timothy McVey can infflict. But easy, unrestricted fire arms ownership can make it a cinch for this kind of person to carry out an attack against defenseless and innocent people. But then again, this is the type of mentality that is cultivated in our military rather than the need of our country to have it defended. Commandant Conway is part of this culture and we should be relentless in weeding out people who need to wear a uniform or bear arms in order to validate their masculinity, or in the case of religious fanatics…obtain a free pass into paradise.
Oftentimes it is the old men who never served in the military who are the most vociferous proponents of war. Their bellicose endeavors are perceived to be a bravado-macho thing. That is very sad because we, as a country have engaged ourselves in many unjustified and unnecessary wars.
When I heard McCain singing “bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” I cringed at the thought that perhaps one day this man could be President of the United States. Conversely, I cringe as well when I hear an asshole like Commandant Conway speak of his erroneous perception of gays.
Sadly, our culture is permeated with this kind of thinking and it is fertile grounds for others to inflict injury…even death to gays as was the case with Mathew Shepard and to add insult to injury; having an elected representative (Virginia Fox) utter the odious claim that his death was but a “hoax” while his own mother was sitting in the spectator’s balcony.
I have often criticized law enforcement people for excessive use of force and a culture that encourages police brutality; it seems that some men, devoid of genital prowess, put on a uniform to feel more manly…isn’t that what this Conway asshole is doing?
I also see acts of kindness and compassion coming from our brave military. It is clear that not many are serving their country because they want to feel like Commandant Conway and find validation in killing. We have seen photos of military personnel demonstrate an uncanny sensibility and a show of compassion in many recent photographs.