The irreverent Joe Sobran, one of America's great conservative writers, has succumbed to complications of diabetes. He was just 64.
After years of stellar service at National Review, Sobran's opposition to the first Iraq war cost him his job, at the hands of CIA man William F. Buckley. It was Buckley who called him an anti-Semite, which prompted me to track down these entries from Joe's Dictionary:
anti-Semite: a person who’s hated by Jews
association, freedom of: discrimination
bigot: one who practices sociology without a license
bribe: an irregular transaction through which the citizen may get his
money’s worth of service from the government
civil rights: government power used in behalf of large groups
guilt: the deepest vested interest
isolationist: an American who thinks America should behave like other
opinion polls: clever devices to make the hostages think they control
political correctness: the felt pressure of enlightened public
opinion, under which we sense that certain thoughts, though
technically legal now, are already destined to become taboo.
psychoanalysis: a form of aggression for humorless people
public opinion: what everyone thinks everyone else thinks
rich: politicians’ nickname for “other people” (as in “tax the rich”)
rights: authorizations for new areas of government control
rogue nation: a country that behaves like America
voting: trying to say something with a gag in your mouth
A big H/T to Joe, for contributing decades of principled articulate wit to the discussion.
Thank you, Sir, and Rest Peacefully...