If he becomes a politician, he will shout and rant at his rallies on topics he doesn’t understand, and he’ll use jingoistic catchphrases that have even less meaning but will send his followers into a frenzy. He lies constantly, even compulsively, and he’ll falsely offer his belief in the Christ to deflect attention away from his gross transgressions.
With his political opponents, he shows no respect to their humanity and he tags them with insulting nicknames. If he feels that his power could be legitimately threatened, he will threaten to imprison or even assassinate his opponents as they do in Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, and other authoritarian states.
The un-men are currently expressing a great deal of rage in the American public, yet they refuse to listen to rational voices as they try to force through legislation and confirmations that are clearly at odds with the health, stability, and credibility of our institutions. This is because the un-men are owned by even more powerful un-men who pull their strings, gleefully, as we might presume.
However there is hope, and that hope lies in the power of the real man who lives in stark contrast to the un-man. Fortunately there are far more of them, and one hopes that they too will rise to counter the petty tyranny of the un-men.
The real man is naturally kind and he tends to be more of a listener than a talker. When he speaks, he is clear and calm, and he never shouts. On the rare occasion when he does raise his voice, it’s usually because he’s keeping a watchful eye over the neighborhood and the local kids are about to do something stupid, like playing with firecrackers and gasoline. The real man drives to work carefully and allows space for others who are also driving. He cares about his job and the quality of his labor, and he compliments other men and women for the good work they do. With women, he is always respectful, courteous, and aware of the immense power that the feminine creature wields. He knows she is a goddess and goddesses always have the final say in the world of men, including both categories described here.
The real man can be found in many places, and in many institutions, but he does not draw attention to himself unnecessarily. He is the school teacher who spends his evenings and weekends working with the students he cares about, even when he is not paid to do so. He is the fireman who runs into buildings to save others, the matter of his own life always a second thought. He is the police officer who extends a calming word instead of a gun, and thus saves a life instead of needlessly taking one. He is the road worker who smiles and waves as you pass, even though he has been standing in the freezing rain for almost 8 hours. He is the nameless bus driver who picks you up and drops you off at your destination, safely. He is the quiet janitor who cleans your office and bathroom at night so that you can return to a clean workspace the following day.
The real man works the land and the sea and he draws from it food for his people, even for those who might live in a far away nation. He cares about their health and well-being because he has carefully grown the very things that will accomplish this task. He also protects the land and the sea from violators and polluters, because he understands the importance of conservation, clean water, and uncontaminated soil. He cares for the welfare of his animals, and he deeply cares for the people in his community, and that is because he understands the mystical connection between the land, the sea, and all things. He knows this intuitively as a master of his landscape, because he is always learning, and always evolving.
The real man does not use religion as a blunt instrument, but he is spiritual in his own, quiet way. He has a magnanimous mind and he understands that there are many different ways to worship the Creator. He fiercely protects those who seek refuge, who are marginalized, less fortunate, and unable to defend themselves, and he especially protects those with a different view because he loves a country where this is even possible. His greatest strengths and powers are revealed in the moments when he fails, because his own humility allows him to see his mistakes, learn from them, and realize that he is just a man. And then he returns to the battle.
When you read the real, undoctored, history of the United States, you’ll find that Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson all studied the American Indian system of democracy known as the League Of The Iroquois. It existed in upstate New York and Canada for centuries, and it consisted of about 6 Indian nations from that region, growing larger over time. Our Founding Fathers sent emissaries to the League, to learn as much as they could from them, even as they were trying to create the fledgling American democracy. They had already learned about the Greek version of democracy, and they had spent time in France reading much of the Enlightenment philosophy that was popular at the time. They knew they needed to create something entirely new and different, something that would embody the highest qualities of an exceptional nation, an enlightened nation, and nothing less.
In the League Of The Iroquois they discovered that it was the women who granted or rescinded all power. They would elect Sachems, who were the equivalent of what we call senators who represent a particular district. If the women decided their particular Sachem wasn’t representing them justly or ethically, they had the power to revoke his power and elect a new Sachem. That’s the part we need to remember, the part where the women decide who gets to have the power—or have it taken away. This is the model that Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin decided to use for our fledgling nation—the original, indigenous, Native American democracy.