"Just because some writers like Hugh (and the notorious Fjordman and Gates of Vienna) write long windy comments and use big words doesn't mean they know what they are talking about."
-- from a reader
The Voice of the People? Akin to Flann O'Brien's The Plain People of Ireland? God, I hope not.
How good that Washington, and Adams, and Jefferson and George Mason and John Quincy Adams aren't around to see how it all turned out. The fury about those "long windy comments" and those "big words." Glenn Beck and similar pied pipers. The adoration and at the same time resentment of the rich. The hatred of anything smacking of an intellectual elite, the only kind of "elite" that seems to arouse fury. The deep baseless belief that we are all most assuredly equal, and equal about everything. We know where that kind of thing leads. One writer once called that the party of "the Ekwilists."
Unlike Jefferson, Adams et al., Jacques Barzun is around, but he's also 100 years old, possibly 100 years old this week, and besides, he's living in San Antonio.
So who's minding the store?
...and similar pied pipers.
And pipers of every conceivable Hugh.