Monday, May 01, 2017
Where Last Man Standing Fails Conservatism
"Last Man Standing" is a family sitcom starring and created by Tim Allen. Tim plays "Mike Baxter" - successful marketing executive, father of three daughters, and husband to the very milfy Nancy Travis. However, what makes the show stand out from the rest is its superb writing, BRILLIANT acting, incredibly clever humor, and above all else, the conservative principles showcased in the show. Despite some genuinely cringe-worthy sappy moments, it is hands down my favorite TV show on today, rivaling Black Books, Father Ted, and IT Crowd in terms of humor in my opinion.
Because of its quality and unabashed conservative politics it has become a favorite of Americans who still love America. It's teaches the value of the nuclear family, strong male role models, fathers, capitalism, and work ethic. And it also skewers leftists, socialists, and SJW's for their blatant stupidity and naivety on a regular basis. Since at least half of Americans don't hate America (not to mention are sick of the leftist indoctrination being shoved down people's throats) it's no surprise it has such high reviews, a loyal following, and is running into its 6th season.
There is, however, a major flaw in the show in terms of the politics it, and Tim Allen, are trying to convey. A flaw that is reflective of the larger conservative community, and one that it is unaware of and has been been unaware of for quite sometime. And though I know "it's just a show" and to relax, because the secondary purpose of the show is to use the American family as a vehicle to make the case for conservative principles, this is something the conservative community in America needs to fix within itself.
While conservatives, republicans, libertarians, and anybody "not left" eviscerates and condemns dependency upon the state, "Last Man Standing" unintentionally advocates a similar such unjust parasitism, but upon the family. In the Baxter household, Mike Baxter has:
1. Bailed out a teenage single mom daughter.
2. Allowed for free lodging for all adult daughters
3. Allowed one daughter to set up her company in the basement (also rent free)
4. Paid for/committed to pay for all daughter's colleges
5. Given no consideration for the quality of these degrees (fashion)
6. Bailed out the leftist-ex-dead-beat-dad-now-reliable-father son-in-law from his student loans
7. Pays for all adult children's cars, cell phones, food, and insurance
8. Lets the wife quit her otherwise respectable STEM job to become a (you guessed it) teeeeeaaaacheeeerrrr.
9. Starts an ENTIRELY NEW RESTAURANT SO HE CAN EMPLOY HIS TEENAGE MOM DAUGHTER AS A MANAGER
It's so bad it makes you wonder if Tim Allen ever actually did time in prison.
But then there is an interesting juxtaposed character. One whose background is the complete opposite of the spoiled suburbanite Baxter daughter royalty. One, that though I'm sure Mr. Allen intended to be there for lovable, comic relief, makes my point by exposing the lack of meritocracy in the fictional "Last Man Standing" world.
Kyle is a moron as much as he is a good and genuine soul. He works at the outfitting shop Mr. Baxter works at, is incredibly loyal, does the most demeaning work without question, looks up to the fellow "sirs" in the shop, and is the epitome of the most loving, loyal, but stupid, dog. Dumb as he may be, however, he is superior to most everybody else in the show for his age group because....
he supports himself.
The entire show Kyle is living on his own and supporting himself. He lives in a dumpy, studio apartment (that gets raided by bums), doesn't have any illegitimate children, helps support his grandmother, and not once ever asks for a handout, a bail out, a car, free lodging, free tuition, or even a free fishing pole. If anything Kyle just wants a father in his life, painfully pining for one of the "sirs" to accept him as such, but (if you were to watch the show) it's tragically depressing how he's never tossed a bone or given a fraction of the help the Suburbanite Royalty Baxter Princesses are, or worse, taken advantage of.
Here's how this would go down in the real world, and is the VITALLY IMPORTANT LESSON many conservative families, especially fathers need to learn.
First, the Baxter daughters would be insufferable spoiled brats, much like most suburbanite princesses are today. None of them would have real jobs, they would perpetually be forever-dependent upon their dad for a bailout, they would be EASILY brainwashed into leftist stooges in college, they'd all be "feminists," they would stand up their dates, and they would NEVER view the family as the unit of society. They would be, much like most 30 somethings today, facing mom and dad FINALLY cutting the purse strings because they never did before, finding ways to avoid getting real jobs and getting their student loans forgiven. But worse (and remember, this is for you conservative fathers who want to raise conservative daughters so they go off and marry similar young Mike Baxters) they would be unmarriageable.
I've explained this before, but spoiling your precious little princess only makes it hell for the younger men to date her. Certainly in terms of entitlement mentalities, but also younger men simply cannot compete against a Mike Baxter wallet. And while you think this is predominantly a SWPL upper middle income affair, it is universal across all income and racial categories. Men in the ghetto, barrio, or trailer park cannot compete against a government check to win the affection, attention, and commitment from their women. Regardless of your socio-economic status, simply handing things to people (be it from the private sector or public sector) result in inferior people, no matter where you hail from, and the rest of us get to deal with these people when they're released into society.
Two, Kyle, despite his mental handicap, would be an infinitely more successful, stable, reliable, happier, and superior person. And the reason is simple - he suffered, he endured, he learned. Unlike being pampered in opulent suburbanite bliss, Kyle was forged in the fires of the real world. And because of that would come out much stronger and reliable than the worthless faberge eggs being mass produced by conservative fathers in the blissful suburbs. But more importantly, for the sake of conservatism in America, he would know what it takes to survive in the real world, what it's like to work in the boiler room of the Titanic, he would know how the real world works and all THAT....
would result in him holding conservative principles.
The irony of Last Man Standing's political aims is the exact same irony of conservative fathers across America. You guys are creating the leftist monsters you're so desperately trying to fight. And you're doing it by fostering dependency and parasitism in your children. If you really love the country, if you really love America, if you really love your children, given them a little more Kyle and a little less Mandy.
We real men and women in the real world who had to support ourselves would appreciate it.