“…it is Spartan women who raise Spartan men.”
Rep. Allen West doesn’t seem to have any shortage of good speeches. His good speeches always include great sound bites and video clips too. This one is no different!
Recently West spoke to the conservative Christian group Women Impacting the Nation (WIN). In it he calls on conservative women to rise to the challenge and raise strong sons so that they may grow up and walk among a nation of strong American men. As West explained, this was the way of ancient Sparta and that it was the women that made their legendary men so great. From The Right Scoop:
Transcript via TRS:
But when you understood what made the Spartan men strong, it was the Spartan women. Because the Spartan women at the age of nine gave up their male sons. And their male sons went into a training that was called the Agoge and they stayed in that training for the next eleven to twelve years. And when they were finally qualified, when they were finally ready to join the ranks for the Spartan army, it was not their father who gave them their cloak and shield. It was their mother who gave them their shield. And when the Spartan mother gave that young Spartan warrior his shield, she gave him this basic commandment: “Spartan, here is your shield. Come back bearing this shield or being borne upon it!”
When Queen Gorgo, wife of King Leonidas, was questioned by the Persian emissary and she somewhat spoke out of turn to this Persian emissary, he tried to rebuke her. And she looked at him and said “Persian, beware, for it is Spartan women who raise Spartan men.”
And from Queen Gorgo herself in one of my favoriate movies, 300: