And Still Going

So, 9 years, 3787 posts, 31,900 comments, 6 authors, and a lot of joy and angst ago, I decided to be a blogger. Have I regretted it, sometimes but not often. It becomes a habit and keeps your mind working. That’s why I started it, and it still works.

My most read post with 1832 views is Then He Shall be the Greatest Man in the World,” King George II About what George III, told Ambassador Adams when he told the King that Washington would resign his commission and retire to Mount Vernon.

Jessica’s most viewed with 784 views is The wrath of the awakening Saxon which presented Kipling’s poem and drew on her master’s thesis on Kipling. But part of her charm was that she would wander off the reservation more than I do. Her fourth most read, A spanking good time? an excellent, funny, and just slightly ribald review of McClintock, with John Watne and Maureen O’Hara, and the rousing and quite funny ending, is an example. And one of my favorite posts on the site.

And then there is our Newby, Audre. I’m not entirely sure where she’s going, but I’m enjoying the ride, as are many of you, so we’ll relax. Her most read, so far, is I Don’t Need Proof about the shroud of Turin and Faith with 103 views. which considering she only has been here for 3 months, and views accumulate over time is outstanding.

And memories, I can remember after the 2012 election when a commenter here, whose blog Jess and I met on, was very consoling, saying perhaps we would get a better pro-life candidate in 2016. She was right, we did. But by then she had a raging case of TDS, and betrayed both the Pro-life movement she said was so important and the constitution she swore to uphold. Sad, but it happens.

I also remember clearly the first email from Jessica, following my first comment on her blog, friendly, smart, and very personable. AATW soon became my second home on the internet, as it still is. It, and its author’s, has sustained me through many problems in the last 8 years and a month, even as we worked through similar (but different) problems there.

So, going into our tenth year, what are my goals? I haven’t any. This is an eye on the world, as seen from Nebraska, a Red State view if you will. Other than that, it’s a bunch of friends, so come and join us.

But there is this; like most of you, I take as little notice of The New York Times as possible. But recently resigned editor Bari Weiss made some excellent points in her resignation letter, that we should all consider.

But the lessons that ought to have followed the election—lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society—have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.

Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history. Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative.

And this:

Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm. […]

The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people. This is a galaxy in which, to choose just a few recent examples, the Soviet space program is lauded for its “diversity”; the doxxing of teenagers in the name of justice is condoned; and the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany.

Even now, I am confident that most people at The Times do not hold these views. Yet they are cowed by those who do. Why? Perhaps because they believe the ultimate goal is righteous. Perhaps because they believe that they will be granted protection if they nod along as the coin of our realm—language—is degraded in service to an ever-shifting laundry list of right causes. Perhaps because there are millions of unemployed people in this country and they feel lucky to have a job in a contracting industry. […]

For these young writers and editors, there is one consolation. As places like The Times and other once-great journalistic institutions betray their standards and lose sight of their principles, Americans still hunger for news that is accurate, opinions that are vital, and debate that is sincere. I hear from these people every day. “An independent press is not a liberal ideal or a progressive ideal or a democratic ideal. It’s an American ideal,” you said a few years ago. I couldn’t agree more. America is a great country that deserves a great newspaper.

We are a very small cog in that debate, both in America and in the United Kingdom. I could ask for no more than for this to be my culminating project.

And as the common sense advice goes in the US today:

Buy more Ammo!

About NEO
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11 Responses to And Still Going

  1. audremyers says:

    What an awesome history and legacy, NEO. Folks like me treasure the knowledge that folks like you exist.

    I want to be here when you write the 100 year tribute.

    Liked by 3 people

    • NEO says:

      Yeah, so do I, but I suspect it’s unlikely! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

    • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

      I liked NEO’s tribute to you:

      ‘I’m not entirely sure where she’s going, but I’m enjoying the ride.’

      I quite like your articles. You write on a variety of issues and tend to meander, pretty much like me. It’s always a fun journey. 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  2. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on Boudica BPI Weblog and commented:

    Congratulations on 9 years.
    Bob A.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    Happy Anniversary! 🙂

    Here’s hoping to another 9 years and more. One question though – when you do eventually hang up your Stetson, will someone else be continuing this blog?

    Not that I’m expecting that at any time soon, just so you know!

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Not easy to answer, there is an editor on the site, a British Pro VC, so it would be possible. Back in the day, I hoped Jess would, that may be true of Audre but it’s too soon to say. So the answer is, I don’t know either.

      Like

  4. the unit says:

    From in the post included link “centrality” seems over and past.
    Not in this household though. There’s some friction now, but still holding with “free exchange of ideas.”
    After years of pro=Reagan/all, pro-Bush 1/all, anti=Clinton/all, pro-Bush 2/all (however mistaken on the Bushes we may have been), anti/me Obama, pro/others Obama, pro/me Trump, never Trump/others…we still listening to each other.
    None of us submitting now our views, but not taking the Tomahawk Chop at each other. 🙂

    And got some them others that want it to stop. So may not see it for long.
    You know what I think.

    Oh, and a special line. Happy Anniversary!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Nicholas says:

    The age of spin is why I value the fact that you shoot from the hip or, to change metaphor, cut through the cr@p.

    Liked by 1 person

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