Paul R. Hollrah, O.E.
Testosterone Shortage Strikes GOP
Medical dictionaries tell us that testosterone is an
anabolic steroid that is produced in the bodies of both males and females.
And while females are, from a behavioral standpoint, more sensitive to the
hormone than males, an adult
human male produces, on average, about forty to sixty times more
testosterone than an adult human female.
In the human male, testosterone plays a key role in the development of uniquely
male physical characteristics... male sex organs, facial and body hair, muscle
mass, and vocal quality. It is also thought to be a major contributing factor in
the level of competitiveness and aggressiveness among males.
However, Deborah Blum, author of
Sex on the Brain, tells us that there's a lot of "quick political reaction”
to theories about a cause-and-affect role for testosterone in competition and
aggression. She says, "Feminists become understandably annoyed by the
oversimplified, back-to-the-kitchen notion that women don't have the hormonal
underpinnings for competition. And plenty of men...masculinists, if you
like...are equally annoyed at being dismissed as a bunch of naturally
Clearly, Ms. Blum has not spent a great deal of time around conservatives and
Republicans in recent times. At a time in our nation’s history when events call
for conservative leaders to be "naturally bad-tempered apes,” almost to a man,
those of the male gender who speak for conservatives and Republicans are
milquetoast wimps. It’s almost as if conservative and Republicans had been
tossed into a gigantic centrifuge and spun until all of the testosterone resided
in the bodies of conservative women.
On the Republican side of the aisle in Congress we find few truly courageous and
outspoken members. Senators Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma are
exceptions. Coburn is an outspoken critic of wasteful government spending and
unworkable healthcare reform, while Inhofe plays that same role on cap-and-trade
and other environmental issues. What is needed is for Republicans in Congress to
emulate former senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), a man who was never at a loss for
When asked why they are not more aggressive in their response to Democrats and
their policies, Senate Republicans would likely murmur something about the
Senate being the world’s foremost "gentlemen’s club.” A "gentlemen’s club” run
by the likes of Harry Reid and Dick Durbin?
Whatever strength of character the Republican Party enjoyed during the Reagan
years quickly dissipated when Reagan left the White House and George H.W. Bush
moved in. In October 1986, Vanity Fair published a feature-length article
titled, "Is George Bush too nice to be President?” In preparing the article,
writer Gail Sheehy traveled with the Bush campaign for weeks, during which time
she interviewed dozens of Bush’s senior advisors, campaign aides, closest
friends, and family members. She asked all of them the same set of questions,
one of which was, "What is it that George Bush feels passionately about?”
Not surprisingly, none of the people closest to Bush had a ready answer...not
even his own wife. After thinking for a moment they all came up with inane
responses such as "Peace,” "Justice,” or "Fairness.”
Then, after being elected, Bush thought he could make a gentlemen’s agreement
with House and Senate Democrats to sign some targeted tax increases...mostly
federal user taxes that did not affect the general public...in exchange for the
Democrats’ agreement to cut federal spending. It must have come as a huge
surprise to him that there is no honor among Democrats. He signed their tax
increases and then sat back to await the spending cuts...which never
materialized. The Democrats merely laughed at his gullibility and used his "read
my lips, no new taxes” pledge to defeat him for reelection in 1992. He never
once mentioned the Democrats’ treachery in his own defense.
In 1994, Newt Gingrich and other Republicans signed a "Contract with America,”
promising much-needed reform in Congress. The voters responded positively and
Republicans experienced four productive years between January 1995 and January
1999, conducting themselves as we would expect them to. But then, when Gingrich
chose not to seek reelection in 1998, the House leadership fell to Dennis
Hastert (R-IL) and Tom Delay (R-TX)...both of whom set about organizing a
congressional majority that was indistinguishable from Democrats.
Hastert and Delay were still there when George W. Bush arrived on the scene in
2000, cozying up to liberals and the mainstream media by claiming to be a
"compassionate” conservative...Apparently unaware that conservatism was and
always has been the soul of compassion, it was further proof that Bush really
didn’t know what it meant to be a conservative. And when he failed to use his
veto pen even once to restrain a profligate Republican Congress, it was clear
that he was also a stranger to traditional Republican values.
What Bush and the Frist-Hastert-Delay Congress did was to make it impossible for
lifelong rank-and-file Republicans to defend the party that has always been the
last best hope for America.
Who can deny that the ultimate fate of our country was set in concrete during
the Roosevelt Administration when New Deal Democrats decided that political
power could be solidified by purchasing the allegiance of special
interests...interest groups and individuals who wanted something from
government...and using other people’s money to do it?
The Democrats accelerated their march toward a socialist Utopia with the New
Frontier and the Great Society of the Kennedy-Johnson era, they gained momentum
during the Carter and Clinton administrations when they decided that they could
solidify the black vote by forcing banks to make mortgage loans to people with
little or no ability to repay the loans, and they reached full fruition in 2008
when they elected an ineligible Marxist to the White House, elected a San
Francisco radical as House Speaker, and gained a filibuster-proof majority in
the Senate, led by the Searchlight, Nevada flash, Harry Reid.
The complete socialization of America and the destruction of the capitalist
system has been the sole raison d’être of the Democratic Party for more than
seventy-five years, and were it possible to paint a picture of what party
leaders have seen as their ultimate dream during all those years, the Obama
Administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress would be their ideal. The current
crop of Democrats in the White House and in Congress are simply the most evil
and corrupt group of politicians ever to set foot in Washington. It is
Chicago-San Francisco-Las Vegas social and political morality transported to
Washington and customized to engulf the entire nation.
One political commentator described the current status of Obamacare as "a moment
in history.” To which syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer responded, "Yes,
and Waterloo was also a moment in history.” At a moment in history when all but
a few national Democrats appear intent upon committing political suicide, there
are few competent leaders on the Republican side to urge them on and to hasten
As matters now stand, the shortage of testosterone among conservative and
Republican men is so critical that, as conservatives move to capture the ground
that Democrats abandon, we will likely be led by women and minorities.
Among the most effective and outspoken conservative women we have Michelle
Bachman, Tammy Bruce, Amanda Carpenter, Mona Charen, Linda Chavez, Liz Cheney,
Ann Coulter, Monica Crowley, Carly Fiorina, Mary Katharine Ham, Laura Ingraham,
Michelle Malkin, K.T. McFarland, Angela McGlowan, Kate Obenshain, Sarah Palin,
Star Parker, Dana Perino, Frances Rice, Kathy Rothschild, Phyllis Schlafly, Teri
Thompson, and Meg Whitman...to name just a few. They are joined by a growing
number of strong and eloquent black men, such as Herman Cain, Jay Parker, Rev.
Wayne Perryman, Lt. Col. Allen West (USA, Retired), and Walter Williams.
But where are the truly fearless conservative white men...the "naturally
bad-tempered apes” of whom Deborah Blum spoke? In the eleven months since George
W. Bush left office, Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress have blamed him
for almost everything but the sinking of the Lusitania. Dick Cheney has not
taken it lying down; he has attempted to set the record straight. But Bush has
spent full time turning the other cheek...by his silence, lending credence to
the charges made against him.
Has Vanity Fair
ever received an acceptable answer to its question? It should be obvious to all
by now that George H.W. Bush was too nice to be president. But now we can add
Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and John McCain to the list. Because liberals and
Democrats are what they are, the last thing the country needs is wimpish "nice
guy” Republicans in the Oval Office. If they don’t possess enough real
testosterone to act like "naturally bad-tempered apes” when the occasion
demands, then we don’t need them. They can fall into the ranks with the rest of