Walter Williams commentary falls short of enlightened discourse

Posted: Jan. 25, 2013 10:54 am Updated: Feb. 15, 2013 12:15 pm


To The Herald-Whig:

I appreciate the Quincy Herald-Whig's determination to publish diverse opinion on the Viewpoint page. However, better conservative opinion than Walter Williams must exist.

Every issue he treats in the same way. Basically, he says things were better when we were a more moral and responsible country in the 1940s and 1950s and all current problems are caused by a conspiracy of liberals, pseudo-intellectuals and wicked educators. Rarely does analysis go beyond the perceived ill will of these groups.

Williams' most recent comment on gun control is typical. He writes that we have a problem with guns only because the usual suspects made the country less civil. I am not sure what idealized past he inhabited growing up, but the golden age of his youth was also one of McCarthy hearings, nuclear nightmares, Jim Crow laws, and segregation.

Furthermore, our current problems with gun violence in America have much less to do with liberals seeking to undermine traditional values than it does the sanctification of gun violence by cinema and the cultivation of paranoia by a greedy and ruthless gun lobby. One could probably also add an American public less and less able to think outside of an ideological box.

I would much rather read the thoughts of an intelligent conservative engaging with these cultural and economic forces than the predictable and unedifying name calling usually offered by Williams.


C. Patrick Hotle