If you have ever enjoyed this column, you have Rachel Alexander to thank.
Though it has never been said publicly, I should say that I did not write
a word in the time between the Tragedies and the end of 2001, having been
shaken beyond expectation by the attacks and subsequent World Trade Center
collapse. In late 2001, Rachel wrote to say there was a columnist spot
available at her new website (IntellectualConservative.com) if I was interested.
Ultimately, my wanting to help Rachel get her internet legs under her outweighed
what was, by then, a notable depression.
Rachel and I had been fair acquaintances for a few years before the creation
of the website, so the amounts of trust that can foster themselves in similar
working arrangements for the most part existed before this version of the
column gained any momentum. This trust lead to a deeper involvement
in the website than most columnists have, an extension of which being the
ability to peruse protected information; what interests me are the number
of people regularly reading this column, and how others arrive at the site,
through various search engines. At least once a day I see that someone
reached the site by rather curious or humorous means, searching for answers
for their various questions or concerns. Perhaps many more of you carry
these questions around in your heads, and so I will answer them, just in
One -- June 28, from Google: “Dennis Miller, conservative or liberal?”
Fine question. It is popularly thought that Miller was hard Left in
the years before the Iraqi War, and there is certainly some evidence to support
the claim. But any longtime fan of Miller’s (i.e., someone who has
followed him and enjoyed his work since the old Saturday Night Live days)
will be able to tell you that while a lot of the older material was Left,
a lot more was neutral (having nothing to do with politics), and another
fair percentage came at the expense of the Left. In other words, he
went where the joke was. Today it can be said Miller is much more Right
than ever, and people are starting to see it, at least two having arrived
at the website by typing “Dennis Miller, fascist” into the Google search
engine, on 30 June and 01 July.
Two -- 30 June, from MSN, in a similar vein: “Why do liberals change to conservatism
with age?” Two-and-a-half weeks ago in this space, it was explained
that many liberals convert to conservatism (or garden variety Republicanism,
I hasten to add here) for their own reasons, one common denominator often
being “those things appealing to liberalism are found to be … illogical as
the world is experienced firsthand.” There are such things as older,
content liberals, content in the sense they see nothing in their lives worth
regretting, no matter their personal difficulties. Upon closer examination,
what you will often find is that contentment takes the place of an intimate
knowledge that decisions have repercussions, or that they should undertake
better decision making.
Consider the recent Gallup poll suggesting that only 56 percent of American
liberals consider themselves patriotic, a small number compared to conservatives.
I contend the disparity comes in the fact that many, many liberals blame
America for the mistakes they and others have made, seeing no other alternative
so long as it involves personal change. Goes the reasoning, because
things are not going well here and there, America at its core is corrupt
and must stand singularly responsible for not only the ills here, but those
of the world. Conservatism inherently understands (or should where
it does not) that America has its problems, but that one should carefully
and logically distinguish between an individual’s faulty decision making
and the country’s troubles.
Three -- 03 July, here is someone concerned about how Man treats his fellow
Man, searching Google for a way to purchase a “Mean People Suck” bumper sticker.
Try any shopping mall or record store, you will find one eventually.
In the meantime, might I interest you in a “F**k Stupid People” sticker,
by Sik World Productions, like the one that currently rests in my wallet?
(Mine is uncensored, obviously.)
Four -- 02 July, from Yahoo: “Do leftists have nice chicks?” As a former
Leftist I say, Yes; yes, they do. I lament that there is no such creature
as the conservative groupie, while knowing that even if there were such things,
they would dress too well to be forthrightly identified.
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