Poking My Head Up From Behind the Box-Fort
I know that this is not a problem limited to Commentary, or to today’s right-of-center magazines, but since Commentary is the establishment-conservative publication I read most regularly, it gets the blame. The best part about writing this statement is that you get to have both the present and past tenses of “read” in the preceding, because while I attempt to read those posts at Commentary that interest me, the sheer degree of personal contempt and utter, reasonless loathing for President Obama has made this difficult of late. More than affronting my sense of propriety, the tone and ad hominems trouble me because they confront me, daily, with the language in which I regularly spoke of the latter President Bush (particularly at this point in his first term). I feel I should put on public record that I’m embarrassed by this. On the other hand, there are many things I said/did in high school that now make me wonder just what type of schmuck I was. Most writers at Commentary et al. (and their liberal brethren) left that excuse behind years ago.