WHAT LIBERALISM HATH WROUGHT

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Tell my wife I've done my best in doing my duty. ~Benjamin Guggenheim, died on the Titanic

You get back on board! That is an order! ~Italian Coast Guard to Costa Concordia captain


The stories of courage on the Titanic’s harrowing final night in 1912 are the tales of heroes, courageous and representative of their time.

  • Jacques Futrelle roused his wife, telling her to get dressed at once. On the deck, he kissed her goodbye and lifted her into a lifeboat, saying, “Hurry up, May, you are keeping the others waiting.”

  • Mrs. William Coutts told of a male passenger who removed his life preserver and placed it on her, saying, “Take my life preserver, madam. If I go down, please pray for me.”

  • Sarah Agnes Stap was 40 years old. She told a young cabin boy to take her spot in the life boat, as she had already lived the best years of her life. His answer was to simply pick her up and place her in the lifeboat.

  • Major Archibald Butttucked Marie Young in blankets and placed her in a lifeboat “as carefully and as courteously as though we were preparing for a motor ride. He did all this with a smiling face as though death were far away instead of imminent.” He then stepped back, lifted his hat and smiled, "Goodbye, Miss Young...Kindly remember me to the folks back home.”

  • Clarence Moore died at the side of his friend and fellow hero, Archibald Butt. They remained together while lowering woman and children into the lifeboats. Repeatedly, Moore refused to take a place in one of the boats, saying, “No, Major, I’ll stay and take my chances with you; let the women go.”

  • The Rev. Father Thomas R. Byles chose to kneel and minister to a group of Irish immigrants, seamen, and stokers, reciting the rosary and granting absolution. Father Byles’ brother declined the offer of a life belt in favor of another passenger.

  • Titanic’s gallant engineers, including Arthur Ward, remained at their posts as water poured in, finally going down with the Titanic.

  • Second Officer Charles Lightoller oversaw an orderly filling and launching of lifeboats. When the last lifeboat was launching, Lightoller was encouraged to board it, to which he responded, “Not damn likely.” He was later pulled from the water by passengers in one of the life boats.

  • Bandmaster Wallace Hartley led his seven musicians, assembled on the deck of the sinking ship, in hymns to comfort and encourage the passengers. As the ship sank, they played a final hymn of either “Nearer My God to Thee” or one of many hymns set to the melody commonly known as “Autumn.”

Accounts of survivors universally attested there were no signs of cowardice among the male passengers or crew---any behavior that contradicted "women and children first" would have been dealt with swiftly and severely by the men present. Of the Titanic's passengers, 74% of the women lived, while 80% of the men died.

One hundred years after the sinking of the Titanic and death of more than 1,500 people,we seewhat liberalism, and its handmaiden feminism, hath wrought, thanks to the sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia: Men who pushed past women---including both elderly and pregnant woman---and children in order to save themselves.The ship’s captain cavalierly left the ship, abandoning those aboard to fend for themselves. We can only imagine what these fellows would have faced had they behaved this way in front of the men of the Titanic.

In 1931, the Women's Titanic Memorial Association honored the men of the Titanicwith a memorial in Washington, DC, inscribed,"To the brave men who perished in the wreck of the Titanic, April 15, 1912. They gave their lives that women and children might be saved."

But these men did more than save women and children, noble as it was. These men served as an example of manliness necessary for civilization to survive. They helped women and children into lifeboats knowing full well there would be no survival for themselves. They encouraged frightened and resistant wives to go, to be brave, to take care until they next met, knowing that meeting would not be in this life. Then they stood and awaited their terrible fate, courageously and as gentlemen---no matter their class or station in life.

The principles these men believed in and lived are those mocked and disdained by liberals. These were not men who treated women as second-class citizens---what a filthy feminist lie, like so many other myths that feminists promulgate. These were men who elevated women while recognizing feminine frailty as worthy of manly protection. These were strong, vigorous men---in spirit if not in body---who were prepared to defend others to the point of sacrificing their own lives. Liberals---feminists---finding these beliefs and corresponding principles so threatening that their single focus has been to stomp them out, have been successful in this assault to an alarming degree. Of great surprise and bafflement to them is that their socially-engineered Utopian fantasyland has yet again failed to materialize. Orwell was right: “So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.” And the unshrinking heroism on display by the men of the Titanic, which directly, overwhelmingly, solely benefited women and children, still isn’t enough to stop the shrill feminist whine that the women and children are not getting due recognition.

Liberals fail to recognize this simple fact: Without the willingness of men to behave nobly, gallantly, chivalrously, civilization quickly devolves into a barbarous Darwinian nightmare. Western civilization was founded on these qualities, and thrived because they were inculcated in boys until those boys thoroughly embodied them as men. Femininity both inspires and rewards such behavior in men. Rather than liberating women, “equality” has doomed us. The Costa Concordia has shown us a glimpse of a post-gallantry world. Thanks, "progressives" and wymyn. Thanks loads.


~Shyla Lefever