Given the state of the affairs in this Republic and political climate in general, the answer should be clear. However, it might be worthwhile to examine this “question” on a different level. Men don’t cry, we were told growing up. Crying is an emotional response best left to women and other not so clearly defined entities. Well, so much for the cultural traditions.
The liberal establishment in Hollywood created satire of such “cultural traditions” intended to marginalize conservatives. One example was a TV show that I used to watch back in the 70’. The most delightful thing about the show was that it was intended by the liberals who created, produced, and acted in it to be a satire on right-wing radical conservatives, but it turned out that it was most popular among the very conservatives it was supposed to be satirizing, since Archie Bunker was such an effective spokesman for their views, even though each episode was designed to show how wrong Archie was. Archie Bunker never cried-he made others cry.
In his statement, H.L.Mencken, an American journalist, essayist, satirist, acerbic critic of American life and culture, and a scholar of American English clearly defined the reason for crying in this respect:
The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.
With the feminization of the modern society, public crying became a part and parcel of daily living for both men and women. It may not be wrong in its substance, however it maybe over-utilized by the ever-growing liberal society and particularly political class. A “metrosexual” man created by the left to bridge the gap between genders is at ease with teary eyes in many public situations, however trivial it may be. Politicians, increasingly temper their “mea culpa” with well-produced public emotional cry-outbursts.
I must admit that I cried when my 5-year old grandsons proudly recited Pledge Of Allegiance to me one by one, all and all three times. Those were the private tears of joy that a grandfather felt. Where are those days of American independence and respect protecting Americans all over the World? The killing of our ambassador in Libya would not go unpunished during the Reagan presidency. Instead, in this presidency of Obama, there is a total incompetence and cover-up ruling the day. This alone must make a grown man cry.
Despite my views I have to admit that there is room for crying. In some cases plenty of room. The spontaneous tears of joy, despair, sadness, or happiness are probably important part of a healthy life. It is the publicly staged practice of such an emotional outburst that appears to be phony and is the most objectionable.
From our Washington corespondent