If you’re sick of hearing bad news you’ve starting reading the right column today. Everyone else is talking about the end of the world. There are predictions of war in the Middle East. There’s talk of an even greater economic downturn in the not-too-distant future. Some people are even predicting the Union will begin to dissolve in a few short years. But I’m spending the week telling stories, real stories, about some great people and some great organizations that give me hope. Stick with me for the next few days and you’ll probably feel a whole lot better about your country and your future.
Tyler was 17 years old when he read my column “Sugar Mountain,” which was a scathing attack on the liberal mind-set. He didn’t like the column in part because he was a liberal - although he wasn’t, at the time, affiliated with any political party. But he also disliked the column because it sharply criticized the conduct of a member of our congregation. Although it did not mention him by name it still created a minor controversy.
Tyler sent me an email response, which, among other things, reminded me I should not judge other people. I drew four conclusions based on his email: 1) He was very bright, 2) he was very articulate, 3) he was very outspoken, and 4) his mind was filled with liberal public school propaganda that had never been subjected to cross-examination.
And so the games began. I fired off a series of emails to Tyler, which were intended to show him how silly the “tolerance as the highest virtue” mindset really is. Just as anti-ethnocentrism can quickly devolve into outright ethnocentrism, anti-hypocrisy can quickly devolve into outright hypocrisy. I made my points and after I got a little testy and called Tyler a hypocrite I decided to turn off the computer.
The months went by and Tyler continued to write for an independent campus newspaper. He told me he continued to read my columns and admitted that my sarcastic style was beginning to rub off on him. He went to order a copy of my first book off Amazon. He asked if I would sign it for him. I wrote the following inscription on the title page: “To Tyler Millage, a future conservative leader - Mike S. Adams.”
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