A Tea Party Father’s Day Anthem

I thought this poem an appropriate salute to all our Tea Party fathers, who not only must face the everyday challenges of raising a family and serving as an on-the-go role model for their kids, but who must also bear the insidious slings and arrows of a corrupted anti-man culture.

Rudyard Kipling wrote these verses in 1895 and his words speak to us loud and clear today.  Although most men (and women) often fall far short of the virtues he hails here, Kipling’s sentiments are a refreshing tonic to the gelatinous glob of moral and cultural relativism poisoning the intellectual vigor of Western men (and women).  Yes, the apologist for empire does indeed have good things to teach us.

If…
If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

And for a website devoted to the ideals of Kipling’s poem, visit:  http://www.allthingsif.org/

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2 Responses to A Tea Party Father’s Day Anthem

  1. Glen A. Amos says:

    Thank for this blog. My dad passed away 31 years ago. He was only 55 years old. Too many Camel cigarettes. Too little time for us to bond as adults.

    Ironically, in addition to thinking of him, a Kipling verse you quoted instantly brought to mind another person I respect and trust. The verse is “If you can bear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools…” The person that instantly came to mind was Sarah Palin. I could see her sitting in front of Charles Gibson and walking along side of Katie Couric.

    Dad would have liked Palin.

    Glen Amos
    Auburn, CA

    • I also thought of Sarah Palin when I read those lines, Glen, and the Tea Party in general. But Sarah has had the last laugh. Mrs. Palin is still standing–after all the Left has thrown at her. And no matter what the future holds, I will always respect her for the courage, tenacity, and love of country that she has exemplified.

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