If any of you have had the
misfortune of reading print rags such as The New York Times or The
Washington Post lately, or online abortions like Slate, Salon or The
Daily Kos, you know that the English language is being abused, butchered
and ironically used to attack the concepts of free speech and reason. Others
have noticed the
decline in standards as well, some believing that many readers no longer
possess the attention span necessary to absorb a long sentence, or that they
just don’t care.
It is possible to write with
reason and passion, logic and emotion, style and structure. Indeed, the best
and most persuasive writing may well have all of these elements. P.J. O’Rourke
in his prime was an example of this. Today, authors such as Mark Steyn, James
Lileks and Steve Rushin use their command of the language to entertain, amuse
and illustrate. Rushin, who writes primarily about sports and culture, has the
uncanny ability to make readers laugh heartily at one paragraph and feel a lump
in their throat and a tear in their eye with the next.
Conversely, the left can’t write.
At least not well or with good humor. Which makes sense. Leftists are an angry
lot. Victimology and entitlement don’t lend themselves to rationality or
pleasing prose. Ideologues and preachers of propaganda typically aren’t
reflective enough to enlighten anyone.
Good writing is like good art. You
know it when you see it. And feel it. And believe it.
Progressives demand that “Black” be
capitalized, but “white” remain all lower case. They demand that we use the
“preferred pronouns” of people who identify as “non-binary.”
As Churchill once said, tongue in
cheek, after being chastised by a lesser light for ending a sentence with a
preposition, “This is precisely the sort of pedantic nonsense up with which I
shall not put.”
Ernest Hemingway once
encouraged aspiring writers to be honest. “Papa” said, “Write the truest
sentence that you know.” I will endeavor to do that now.
The truth shall set you free.
Someone should mention that
to the legacy media.