Gawd, this is just the perfect follow-up to an earlier post about the manly man pretense

I didn’t intend to have it happen that way today, but I’ve already done two posts on manliness and, as I type, have the perfect third to the trio.

The first post was about Obama’s insistence that a member of the few, the proud, and the umbrella carriers take care of him before he melted.

The second post was about a bumper sticker I saw today, in which a manly, obscene man then insisted that he liked having the government treat him like a baby.  Right.  You can’t be both, dude.

And then, right on schedule, this third thing fell into my lap:

Men who are physically strong are more likely to take a right wing political stance, while weaker men are inclined to support the welfare state, according to a new study.

Researchers discovered political motivations may have evolutionary links to physical strength.

Men’s upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to the research.

Yup.  That pretty much sums it up.  The stronger I’ve gotten (age has tempered my strength), the less interested I am in having the government serve as a Mommy/Daddy proxy.  Some men, however, remain weedy wimps forever.

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  • Robert Arvanitis

    Well played, Bookworm. The first effect is that the strong are willing and able to care for themselves. (Some on the left try to assail ‘roid rage on this issue) The second effect was cited by Glenn Reynolds, who noted that to get strong requires self-discipline, another virtue associated with conservatism.

  • Charles Martel

    Uh oh. Martel’s fading vision comes to rest on his softly swelling belly, not as rotund as last year, but still showing the effects of cheap beer (God bless America!). His will is in a constant shouting match with his muscles (“You will!” “Will not!” “Will!” “Won’t!”). In short, the man who saved Europe from the scourge of the Religion of Dimwittery is in Biden-esque physical shape.
    And yet…. Years ago, when he was a strapping 19 year old demonstrating on the streets of Chicago, he was redder than a third-degree sunburn, more militant than a Bill Ayers living in a luxury Chicago Gold Coast highrise, more radical than Angela Jolie’s mastectomy. Hunka, hunka burnin’ rebel.
    Chuck Martel: the exception that tests the rule.

  • David Foster

    “Men who are physically strong are more likely to take a right wing political stance”…that isn’t exactly what the study actually said, according to this summary. What it actually found is that among men of higher socioeconomic status the correlation between bicep size and opposition to economic redistribution was positive; among men of lower SES, the correlation ran the other direction.
    Both the researchers and the journalists err, IMO, when they assume that opposition to redistribution among the higher SES men is necessarily a self-beneficial position. If you’re a high-SES government official, a university administrator, a “nonprofit” executive, or an executive of a company receiving heavy government subsidies, then it is actually the pro-redistribution position that is self-beneficial.

  • Caped Crusader

    Always fit. Always on the right. Almost 80, and still work out daily on the Total Gym XL advertised by Chuck Norris and unchanged for over 20 years, when we bought ours. Can’t wear it out and serves every size and age person. Only piece of fitness equipment that did not end up at Goodwill or Salvation Army. Amazing machine and unable to improve, and no need for change since we first became aware of it. Wife and I always (medium size) more fit than hunks.

  • Ymarsakar

    Mental strength. Physical strength. Spiritual strength.
    The Left were originally composed of wannabe revolutionaries and insurgent terrorists that sought to change the world if only because they could not change themselves for the better. They believed that no matter what evil they did and no matter who they railroaded, it would all be justified in the end if they could make an impact on the world.
    Islamic terrorists fight against US power in order to achieve rewards in heaven. The Leftist environmentalists utilize terror, economic monopolies, and political tyrannies to impose a special order upon the globe in order to get rid of humans and benefit/change themselves. They couldn’t clean up the environment by doing any work and they couldn’t get rich by doing productive work, but they can change the world so that they receive the benefits of kingly power and wealth.
    I believe the correct path in life is not to change the world as oh so many brainwashed cannon fodder journalist degree factories advocated we should do. Instead, people should strive to their utmost, putting their life on the line, to change themselves for the better. Only then, not before, will they ever receive the ability, power, and right to change the world.
    A substitute for the difficult work of changing yourself is changing other people through the mere ability to force the world, and its people, to be remodeled upon a special brand of social justice. However, how can evil bastards ever know what is just for society?
    Those that refuse to accept the existence of the Left’s evil, certainly won’t be able to do anything to change the world. For the Left has already accepted that their enemies, you people, will need to be exterminated and enslaved to pave the way for a new Man Made God powered Utopia of Perfect Resolutions.

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  • Caped Crusader

    Ymarsakar #5

    One of the best contributions you have ever written. Both insightful and inciteful! Congratulations! Very astute and to the point comments!

  • Spartacus

    Ditto what Mr. Crusader said, Y-Man.

  • Ymarsakar

    Thanks. I’ll keep working to the best of my ability, to the end of the journey, to seek out what is hidden from human comprehension. For even if a person cannot change the world for the better due to a lack of political power or wealth, they can still improve themselves to the point where they can shatter personal evils. It won’t change the history of the world perhaps, but it is pointless to attempt to change the world when one’s own soul and heart is full of weaknesses, impurities, and decadent desires.