Back in the Day
Yeah, well, let me tell you something.
Back in the day, plumbers didn't write wussie books and give femmy book-signings (such as they are). Back in the day, kids that grew up to be the people that the Joe the Plumbers of the world are trying to portray wouldn't go near books. Back in the day, these kids knocked the books out of my arms in the school hallway, then skipped class to avoid detention and smoked pot in the bordering woods.
Back in the day, these people talked more about sports than about being a father. They were more likely to say that "Jesus paid his taxes" because, guess what, when they were in their twenties and finally had to resign themselves to getting a job, they joined a union. Back in the day, they laughed at the military guys who had their mullets shaved off for the button-down, spit-shine look. But all this was, as you know, "back in the day." Things have changed, now. The Republican Party has managed to feminize and sanitize men beyond all the supposed dreams and aims of the feminist movement.
(Back in the day, they just told you not to have sex - nobody went so far as to tell you to actually have sex, which is tantamount to telling you how to do it, with whom, and why. Just think, your pastor knows what you're doing all the time now! And later, he may issue, er, other commands. How convenient! What a control freak's paradise!)
Oh, and Joe - I wouldn't trumpet my supposed military service if I were you. Yeah, Joe, be scared, very scared of all the accolades and compliments you'd receive if you were pressured to join up.
UPDATED: Another case in point about feminized men: creationism sure has changed. Boy, cry me a river, Egnor. If we're "not careful, 'creationists' (80% of America) might notice the irony." Great - no more funding for volcano watching from Louisiana, although I'm not sure what funds Bobby Jindahl is going to withhold after he's done rejecting the stimulus package!
Watch Joe go work for the Discovery Isn't-stitute next. (BTW, what ever happened to David Horowitz? Not a peep from him lately.)