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Column ends, questions remain
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Dear Readers,
This is a hard one to write. After more or less 15 years of continuous newspaper syndication, this column you are reading is the end of the line. I am not ceasing to write, of course. All of my content -- columns, essays, posts, and, of course, books -- will continue to appear at my website,, and elsewhere.
But my weekly conversation with readers in good old-fashioned newsprint stops at the bottom of the page. In some ways, that's too bad. For one thing, there is a kind of journalistic romance to appearing on the pages of a real paper that is still hurled at a front porch.
There is also the fact I have relished writing a very conservative column that has appeared not only in identifiably conservative outlets. This, in theory at least, has permitted the column to sing a little outside of the choir -- liberal and conservative both, come to think of it -- even if I know the tune hasn't often been exactly catchy. Indeed, given the subjects I have chosen to probe -- or, as it feels as each weekly deadline has rolled around, the subjects that have chosen me -- I am sure it has been a tough column to read. It is hard to watch the world fall apart.
Six or seven hundred columns later, I can't see anything resembling victory, let alone much progress in moving the debate. Indeed, now the U.S. faces the world without a defended border, with increasingly cheapened citizenship and no lawful immigration policy, period (as they like to say in Washington).
Since I'm looking back over the past decade and a half, I will state what I think amounts to the most momentous story of our age, a story that begins with, as best I can judge, the near-certainty that Barack Obama's online birth certificate and Selective Service registration card are forgeries. That this has been a non-issue in most conservative and Republican circles for the past six years is the biggest single and essential enabler of the war that Obama and his administration are visiting upon our nation and our Constitution.
Of course, I am probably not telling readers of this column anything they don't already know -- another reason I am happy to take a pause. It has been a writer's privilege to develop arguments on a published, weekly basis outside the filter of conservative media and the Washington Beltway both.
Such patterns of denial, I began to realize over the years, lead to the suppression and inversion of morality. Or, is it that the suppression and inversion of morality lead to the denial of facts? Maybe more than anything else, such questions have framed the work of this column, my blog, and, of course, my books.
I am sure they will continue to do so -- at least until I can solve the riddle.
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