The Manhood Line: LIVE! By Mike Ramey

Over the years, I have heard the mantra: “What people need is someone who is willing to provide straight talk” on the issues of today. The man or woman who has been known as a ‘straight talker’ does manage to draw a modicum of respect in some circles.


Those whom–according to the KJV Scriptures–are doers–the men and women who believe in ‘straight action’–are the ones who are in sore demand in our modern tech era; the ones who follow up their talk with action are the ones who need to be held in high esteem. Show me a man who is beyond talk and–when the chips are down–he will be not only standing, he will be progressing. He will be able to make forward movement with his dreams. He will be upright–instead of uptight–for God, and a force for good. Not only this, but he will inspire other men to follow his example and make real change.

Brothers, don’t just talk to me about your business plan, ministry, or upcoming marriage…show me how you are going to carry it out from the beginning, middle and when it is finished. You’ll be amazed at how ready you are, once your skin is in the game.


We have noticed a lot of cussing and fussing coming from the mouths of seemingly powerful women, brothers. From Capitol Hill to Cherry Hill Park, women are on the verbal warpath. Yet, they–in a lot of cases–don’t have the gumption to put those mouths into harness and clean up their OWN homes and families.

It wasn’t that long ago that feminists NAGGED men about three things; overworking on a job/career, not being home for the family, and profanity. Funny how modern feminists are practicing the SAME three things and they–along with their sympathizers in the mainstream mess (many of whom are women)–berated men for doing. Interestingly enough, more and more women are suffering heart attacks, strokes, alcoholism, drug addiction and the rest of the list of ills as they are on the outside of God’s plan.

This is the true face of feminism, brothers–hypocrisy in action. Feminism has never been about equality. It has been about power, and who will rule the home, church and society…men or women. With a record number of liberal women in Congress, American men are going to get a crash course in hypocrisy by women.
Stay woke, brothers, and take notes.


If I can dial up my memory banks, a few years before 9/11, there was a similar movement to emasculate men in the marketplace. You know what I’m talking about. The ‘need’ for a kinder, gentler, non-threatening man. A man that would be willing to let women ‘take over’ in the running of the home, church, and society. A man–I hasten to add–who would be willing to go against the God of his creator and become a woman in pants.

Then, the towers fell in New York and the Pentagon was attacked.

Funny how God reminds nations how important men are–as MEN!

Those same voices are coming back. We’re seeing a lot of ‘Toxic Schleprock’ clogging the airwaves about the ‘need’ for a kinder, gentler, non-threatening man. Sadly, there are men who are more than willing to trade off the manhood of their sons in order to bow the knee at the feet of the feminists in the quest to make a buck.

‘Schleprock’, if you know your ‘toons’, was a character in the “Flintstones” universe who attracted bad luck like an ant colony to a picnic. Everyone around him paid a terrible price to being in his proximity.

The same can be said about those who try to turn men away from being MEN! The social engineers, loud mouthed feminists and undercover members of the Muslim Sisterhood are about to get a major lesson in trying to re-write the DNA of men. First, God is not pleased. Second, THEIR men and sons will be swept up in the attack. Third, another national catastrophe–including a war–could involve America and the call will go up for men to take up arms to fight it. My question: “How do you turn manhood ‘back on’ after you turn it off with drugs, shaming and social stigma?”

Let me end this section with a true observation: It is IMPOSSIBLE for a man to ‘step up’ to be a mentor to someone else’s child, and ‘step back’ from being a husband to the mother of his OWN children. IF society worked on preserving traditional marriage, we wouldn’t be having nearly as many problems in society at the present.


To find out what manhood is all about, one MUST turn to the instruction manual: the KJV Bible. Psalm 119 runs 176 verses, and the author is unknown. However, because of the way it is constructed, some have contributed it to the authorship of David, who has written many other psalms. The key to the first eight verses is found in verse 4: “Thou has commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.”

If any man needs strength, it must come from the Lord. If any man who desires to lead, whether in the home, church, or in society, they must get their focus from God. If you can NOT follow directions, you will find it difficult in giving leadership. If you don’t follow God’s Word, how can you best navigate your way through the pathways of life?


This marks the 400th year that Black folks have been in America. History maintains that we arrived here in 1619…although some historical records hold that we got here even earlier than this. In a Black History Month salute, I would encourage folks to study a living hero: Tony Brown.

Author, lecturer, journalist, educator. Those four titles, in a nutshell, compile a solid description of Brown. While he may be getting up in years, I would encourage any young man to get to their library and look up and read any of Brown’s books. You’ll get more of an education from one of Brown’s books…than from many of your textbooks.

His best quote: “Don’t ASK me what your chances of success are; TELL me what they are. For you do NOT need my permission–to be successful!”

Mike Ramey is a Minister, Book Reviewer, P-School Ranger, Modern Street Gangs Specialist and Syndicated Columnist who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “The Manhood Line: Live!” is one of a variety of columns that Ramey has in cyberspace.  To drop him a line…or a whine…the address is still the same:  ©2019  Barnstorm Communications.

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