American Consequences - September 2020


of my views. But I’m also glad – and flattered – to be called someone with “informed common sense.” Though that can be a hard thing to live up to. So much information is wrong... The senses can be deceiving... And sometimes (I consult my dictionary) common can mean “vulgar, low, coarse” instead of “shared by everyone.” As to why American Consequences hasn’t been on your radar, see my answer to Keith above. You may be getting too many blips on your radar screen from British royal family sex lives, Nancy Pelosi haircuts, and rumors of year-old Trump micro-strokes. I read American Consequences with great interest. It was really a pleasure to read this type of article rather than getting frustrated with politics. Keep up the good work. – Jas P. P.J. O’Rourke comment: We appreciate the compliment, Jas. But please don’t completely abandon getting frustrated with politics. Frustration with politics is a healthy reaction and a reminder that we, as individuals and as a nation, should keep politics to a minimum. (I’ve still got my dictionary open and note that the root of the word “frustrate” is frustrare , Latin for “to disappoint or deceive,” which is a pretty good definition of politics.) I’ve followed P.J. since National Lampoon days and always enjoy his columns! – Scott K. P.J. O’Rourke comment: I just knew there was someone out there who always enjoyed my columns. And it’s you, Scott! I applaud your

Re: Our Newest Readers Weigh In This is well written and needs to be read by a larger audience. National publication of some kind. – Keith A. P.J. O’Rourke comment: Thanks, Keith! We’re trying to be a national publication, and we’re having some success, I hope. But media today suffers from a problem that a broadcast engineer friend of mine describes as “noise-to- signal ratio.” There is so much sensationalism (noise) in the media that factual analysis (signal) gets lost in the screeching static. Keep fiddling with the dials until you find a station (us!) that comes in strong and clear. Through a random degrees of separation conversation with my 21-year-old daughter that started on Macaulay Culkin, I ended up talking about Mr. O’Rourke and his decades of common sense libertarianism with a conservative slant. Not an accurate take away on my part? Maybe. Let’s just go with informed common sense. At any rate, I ended up wondering where the hell P.J. has been. The question should be where the hell have I been. I can’t believe that American Consequences has not been on my radar. Keep up the good work. Thank you P.J. and staff. – Chris S. P.J. O’Rourke comment: Chris, you’re welcome. And I think “common sense libertarianism with a conservative slant” is a fair assessment


September 2020

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