Remember, they are the smart ones who voted for the smart guy

The liberal know-it-alls over at the Huffington Post have never heard of that well-worn Kipling quote that’s always being quoted by conservatives. In fact, I’m not at all sure they’ve heard of Kipling. I’d say that maybe they’d heard of the Disney version of The Jungle Book but they probably don’t know anything about that either — if the Disney reference is to anything other than Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, or Gay Day it’s before their time and thus unimportant.

Updated, about three hours later: I must say I’m not particularly impressed with some of the commenters over at NewsRealBlog either. “Literature wasn’t my strong point” says one guy when he reveals that apparently he just got on the internet for the first time today. Well for fucks’ sakes, we’re talking about Rudyard Kipling, a popular author who wrote doggerel and adventure stories. Not that there’s anything wrong with that — but conservatives are supposed to be the ones keeping the flame of Western Civilization alight and that includes reading all the goddamn books all those old dead white guys wrote that our forefathers read. And you want to know something? Many of those books — most of them in fact — weren’t highfalutin’ arcane littrichoor on difficult subjects that you have to have the brain of Isaac Newton to understand, but instead were mostly adventure stories (The Iliad, the Odyssey, Treasure Island, Oliver Twist, The Master of Ballantrae, etc.) and were read by ordinary people, not kings in ivory towers. Reading books won’t make your peens fall off, guys. Acting like the liberal arts are for fags and girls and will give real men cooties is one reason the left has seized the culture and why we get to look at Piss Christ and shit-smeared Madonnas instead of the modern equivalent of Leonardo and Michelangelo. (Those two would never have a chance today unless they joined a Gay Pride movement and dropped all the icky Christian stuff.)

And as for the “what’s that quote I’ve never heard of it” game, you’re on the fucking internet, Google it or Bing it or use whatever freaking search engine you want to use and look it up yourself. I’m not your big sister, I’m not going to do your work for you.

7 thoughts on “Remember, they are the smart ones who voted for the smart guy

  1. JonathanStrange

    I have to admit that I enjoyed many “classics of Western Civilization” for the combat, action, heroism, treachery, and drama. I cared little about a book’s place in shaping or reflecting our values.

    I’ve always suspected I liked the Iliad or Tom Sawyer or certain parts of the Bible for different reasons than my English teachers.

  2. aelfheld

    “I am not fond of all poetry, but there’s something in Kipling that appeals to me. I guess he’s just about my level.” — Mark Twain

    I never knew The Gods of the Copybook Headings was part of the ‘conservative canon’, but I never much worried about summer reading lists either – either I had no interest in the books or I’d read them before I got the list.

  3. John F. MacMichael

    Just as a footnote, I’ll point out that Twain and Kipling were friends. Kipling admired Twain’s work and wrangled a meeting with him the first time Kipling visited the US.

  4. Karen

    Kipling won the Nobel Prize for Literature for his adult books – well worth reading still. He wasn’t just a writer of children’s stories.

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