“The problem is always weakness, and strength is always the solution.”
This is an interesting statement since it goes to the core of patriarchy–this idea that shows of violent aggression are what strength is all about; and it is precisely this misconception, popularized through CIA-funded films, TV police shows, and actual “gun 'em down” domestic policing forces that acts on this conflation between macho penis posturing and so-called strength.
Strength has to mean something other than phallic peacock contests whose show of plumage comes down to direct aggression or the explosive force of lots of firepower.
From the article:
“Republicans have not confronted the failure of a worldview that sees military adventurism as the solution to our problems abroad.”
Nor is it any accident that many Republicans/conservatives are Christian Fundamentalists who also want to see women’s status reduced to barefoot and pregnant.
It’s all about macho.
It’s all about male power.
It’s all about strength conveyed through male power… extended into guns.
The comedian George Carlan, writer-researcher Helen Caldicott, and yours truly have all given voice to how closely weapons systems reflect shows of massive ejaculatory force: bullets, torpedoes, missiles, rockets, drones…
Many men have lost the capacity to love and protect and take CARE of. They are too fiercely identified with this twisted concept of what strength itself means!