For all that has been written about the Republican Party’s gaffe-prone new chairman Michael Steele, there is one thing no other publication has yet pointed out: his Side Hair.
For those not in the know, Side Hair means you are not Bald. Side Hair is what keeps Haired men from joining the Bald ranks with self-esteem and confidence. Instead, they grip to their fading Haired lifestyle until the bitter end, no matter how pitiful and aesthetically unpleasant they look in the process.
Side hair is a culturally accepted norm in our society, which is quite strange if you think about it. Men with side hair run corporations, Wall Street, and even government. But their undue respect, and the power that comes with it, is simply a result of prejudices left over from previous generations. Prejudices that have yet to be entirely stamped out. Prejudices that teach our young men that side hair is still better than no hair at all.
Is it? Is it, Ron Howard?
If there’s anything the Bald Wall stands firmly against — in neverending, unwavering opposition — it’s Side Hair. A Bald man with side hair is like a Black Republican: a confused anomaly ashamed of who he is, desperately trying to stay in a club that crossed his name off the list a long time ago. He tries to ride the line and play both sides of the court (Bald on top, Haired on the sides! A little something for everybody!). It never works, and only burnishes his image as a weakling afraid to make to stand. He is easily shifted by the slightest wind, chasing popular trends in an attempt to gain credibility, forever seeking to please everybody at once… and inevitably loses his own soul in the process.
A message for those of you with Side Hair: Either go big or go home. GOP Chairmen cannot be fence-sitters, Michael Steele. Shave it all off, accept who you are, and who knows: you might find the Republican Party suddenly attracting female fans like it hasn’t since the days of Ike.