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Rugged Americanism, Handling Life's Hardships - Political Pistachio Radio Revolution

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Raising Real Men by Hal and Melanie Young - tonight's guests. Harry Reid (D-NV): “. . .domestic abuse has gotten out of hand. Men don’t?have jobs, when they’re out of work, tend to become abusive.” Feminist groups, social workers, and liberal activists claim studies support Reid's connection. The core problem goes deeper than economic difficulties. Our society where self-esteem is king, and everybody it "special", has not taught our young men to be resilient during tough times. Now, faced with a society full of people unwilling to pull themselves up by the bootstraps, people like Harry Reid wish to legislate behavior in lieu of the parenting necessary to train young men on how to handle economic, and other, life hardships. Life does have winners and losers. Parents who teach their sons to work hard and strive for success, and allow the boys to feel the sting of failure when it strikes, gives their boys the tools to deal with setbacks. The ability of these young men to bounce back and try again is the key to their future, and the future of America. Hal and Melanie Young, authors of the new book Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys, say that parents need to take an intentional and principled approach to teaching their sons what it means to be a man. As our educational system has responded to the demands of feminism and concerns about school violence, boys are finding it difficult to express their growing masculinity in ways that are acceptable to their teachers. Raising boys into men is not a job that can be left to schools and clubs, they say, but has to be tackled in the home.

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