Sunday, April 15, 2012
- The Defenestration of Derb
John has taken time out from the bliss that is Bendamustine to throw up an impromptu blog on his home page. There isn't a comment section or anything, but it's a chance for him to address some of the many questions he's gotten about this whole National Review thing.
I personally am still annoyed at the way the right is addressing this issue (and shall continue to be so long as Jason Lee Steorts is using it as an excuse for trying to convince everyone how smart he is). I expect the left to take every opportunity to demonize individuals and to distort the facts, but I expect better on the right. For the record, the people who I like and respect the most at National Review, have chosen not to publicly weigh in on this topic. I assume it's because their view differs with that of the boss, but you never know. Maybe better to leave me with my illusions on that score.
Anyway, John sent me a not asking me to link his page, which of course I'm happy to do. If one of you guys who still has access to Freerepublic (I've been banned for my own little brand of heresy) can throw up a link there I'm sure he'd appreciate it too, and feel free to Facebook link it as well.
I offered my own criticism of Derb a few days ago which as I consider it, seems more and more fitting. Here is it from the comments section of an older post:
If he has one flaw it's something I suspect may be more common among the British who are a very practical people. To my ears it comes off as a degree of emotional tone deafness. But he's so polite that I think sometimes people mistake his good manners for empathy. It reminds me of that line from Lawrence of Arabia:
"With Lawrence mercy is a passion, with me it's just good manners. I leave you to decide which is the more reliable motive."
When it comes down to treating individual people decently whatever their color, I'd put John Derbyshire's manners up against anyone elses passion on the topic any day.
He may not think it fits exactly, but I'll bet he enjoys the Alec Guinness reference.