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Monday, May 22, 2006

Andrew Jackson was no femme

Paul Johnson in a History of the American People recounts some advice Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson gave to her youngest on her death bed in 1782.

Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson, who had been nursing the American wounded in an
improvised hospital, contracted an infection and died too, leaving young Andrew an orphan of the war. He remembered every word of the dying advice of this grim woman: 'Avoid quarrels as long as you can without yielding to imposition. But sustain your manhood always. Never bring a suit in law for assault or battery or defamation. The law affords no remedies for such outrages that can satisfy the feelings of a true man [but] if you ever have to vindicate your honor, do it calmly.'

I wonder if such advice is dispensed today by America's women. Perhaps it is not the fault of American men that many have become feminized. Perhaps it is the fault of America's women who have failed to dispense such worthy advice onto the young men of our times.