Archive for September 1st, 2005
After I wrote to you the first time, you posted my message on your blog
and guessed that I’m a “respectable conservative.”
The truth is even worse, I’m afraid. I’m a liberal, I come from a long
line of Yankees, and I live in San Francisco.
So why do I like your stuff? Well, being a liberal, I favor scientific
method over authority and very much dislike established religion. And
you have, in my opinion, written the most convincing justification for
science and secularism that I’ve ever read.
I’m also against genocide and racism, and you’re the least racist person
I’ve ever come across. As you see it, no group of human beings should
be treated as animals or angels. Instead, you believe that human beings
should be treated as human beings. You accept that anybody who is human
will do both good and bad, and when you see him doing something bad, you
do him the honor of saying so. People don’t come less racist, or more
humane, than that.
It doesn’t really matter much, however, that I call myself a “liberal”
and that you call yourself a “conservative”. We’re both white American
gentiles, which means that we’re kin, and kinship is the only foundation
upon which a democracy may be erected. “Democracy” is a Greek word that
means “rule of the people.” It does not mean “rule of opinion.” Rule
of opinion, whether that opinion be the Public’s or the Supreme Court’s,
can be many things but it cannot, by definition, be democratic. But you
have already made this point much better than I can.
My main point in writing you today is: 1) to let you know that I’m not,
contrary to your guess, a “respectable conservative” and that the truth
is even worse; 2) to let you know that if your writings have managed to
get beyond the Stormfront types and reach *me*, a left-leaning San
Francisco liberal, then your work is truly “out there” now and your
decision to call it a day is therefore entirely justified.
I’m very glad that you’ve decided to continue the blog, however. It’s
nice to know that there’s at least one place on the Internet that can
offer enlightenment not only about life in Washington and the history
of Christianity, but also about Baywatch and the Village People.
We have a twenty-four hour guard desk in this building. I left a copy of my book for them to read.
The black woman who is day guard read “Why Johnny Can’t Think: America’s Professor-Priesthood” from cover to cover in one shift.
Yes, she read it all right. The supervisor of the building said, jokingly, “She sure read it. I asked her what else she was doing all that time (like guarding the building).”
She knows damn well that anybody who can read my book can sit at the desk and keep watch.
Back to our main guard. She told everybody how great my book was. She said it’s funny, readable, and, above all, TRUE.
Down here in the Bible Belt we worry about whether something is true or not.
Not whether it’s FASHIONABLE or not. Whether it’s TRUE or not. Lord, we’re out of date!
Even worse, we’re proud of it!
So my new fan looked at my book just the way I wrote it, plain English and no holds barred.
I can hear people saying, “But, Bob, you kept talking about preserving the white race. Wasn’t she offended about that?”
It never occurred to her to be offended. I’m a white man. I’m worried about the white race.
So what else is new?
If you’re from South Carolina you might as well be from Mars. Down here, if you’re black or white, natural loyalty, like common decency, is taken for granted. That is such a wild idea from the point of view of Fashionable Opinion in Washington or New York or San Franciso that they can’t even imagine it.
We don’t even notice it.
Why did she understand my book so well?
Well, people talk about Education Level and Intelligent Quotients all the time, but what they can’t measure is the Common Sense Quotient.
It is the Common Sense Quotient that today’s “education” beats out of people.
She wouldn’t say it to my face, but what really impressed my new fan was that somebody with as much education as I have could still have this much common sense and write it down clearly.
Which gives you a clear idea of what is so wrong with what we call “education.”
And that, brothers and sisters, is the whole point of my book.