Those of us who have survived him are doomed, honored, condemned, predicted, and otherwise going to spend our days reading him, transcribing him, listening to and watching audio and video recordings of him.
I imagine that I share with some of you the discovery ever (I just typed “every” instead of “ever” and because sometimes I also dictate to myself audibly as I type, said out loud “every” instead of “ever” before “so often” because I am from Southeastern Kentucky, the best place on the whole planet to have in one’s genes, spirit, blood, muscles, sinews, hair, brain, sensibilities, all built upon the ancient and reworked and perfected minerals from this ancient land – all that produced her genealogy and her. And her progeny. But I digress.) [Big smile on this Appalachian girl’s face.]
The point was that “ever” so often, maybe every five or 10 days, I read or hear or watch something of Christopher’s, and I gasp and think, “This is the best piece, the best point, the best phrase, the best argument.” And it’s true each time.
Today’s amazing find, begins on this video provided by fora.tv (appears to have been taped on May 10, 2007, at Politics and Prose) at about five minutes, and 28 seconds in.
But don’t cheat yourself out of a second up to that point. Watch it all. See if you can stand it. See if you can listen without smiling, clapping, giggling, seeing genius. Missing him. Of course you can’t. You shouldn’t. Just watch. Listen. Smile.
You can see it Dupont Circle, every day. People who want you to be spiritual. Well, I don’t mind. I do not mind. Just leave me out of it. And babble all you like; it’s fine by me. Whatever floats your boat.
But I insist; I insist. Don’t try and teach this to my children. Don’t try and put it in the schools. Don’t get the President to talk piss on public occasions, in this way. Don’t be praising people because they’ll believe anything. Don’t be telling me that jihadism is the expression of some suppressed grievance. Don’t be telling me any of that. Don’t tell me that God gave you the West Bank. None of this, because this is not a difference of opinion; this is a battle, in which civilization is involved, and in which they’ve had it all their own way for far too long. And people who care for civilization are going to have to fight and show that we, too, have unalterable convictions; we, too, have real principles that can’t be changed. We won’t call them faith or dogma. But don’t mistake that for weakness. And yeah. You know what, on certain days we, too, can be offended. “I find that really offensive.” That you say to me that God is telling you blow yourself up in my city. No. No. That’s offensive; it’s worse than offensive.
Up with this we will not put.