A glimpse inside...

J. D. Pendry

“I don't want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on.  If you don't, then you've got, the Army, Iraq, I don't know, something like that.  It's, it's not as bright. So, that's my little commercial for that.”  - Stephen King

If you want a true window into someone’s soul, listen carefully to the words coming out of their mouths.  Especially the words they offer when they are wallowing in their own inflated self-image and sense of importance.

I have contributed to Mr. King’s wealth by buying his books.  He is a gifted and prolific writer.  His early work  was more appealing to me than his recent.  Maybe it is because I was younger then and not nearly as selective about the written words with which I chose to saturate my brain.  Sort of like the high school students Mr. King shared his philosophy with.

I picked up Duma Key because I had not read one of his books in awhile and was interested.  The first few pages I scanned are littered with F-bombs.  That is as far as I have made it into the book thus far.  That sort of stuff never bothered me before, realizing that writers want to make their work sound true to their characters and true to how they perceive that people routinely communicate.  In my old age, however, I am much more selective with the remaining reading time I have and there is a lot of great fiction out there that doesn’t need profanity to prop it up.  I doubt his latest offering would ever turn up in a school library for the kids he was encouraging to read.

Stephen King has perfected his craft of turning out one formulaic commercial novel after another and becoming wealthy because of it.  He has become one of the best at the path he chose to travel.  Does that give him the license to critique the paths others have chosen?  No, but it does offer great insight into how Stephen King views the people who choose to serve their country as members of the United States Armed Forces.

He is not the first elitist snob to make such comments and he will not be the last.  He probably voted for John Kerry too. 

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” – Senator John Kerry

As a citizen of our great country he has the right to say whatever he wishes and the people he most offended by him before a gathering of school children will be the first to stand up for his right.

It is clear that Stephen King has a low opinion of the intellectual capabilities of Soldiers.  If he were interested, he could find the data that shows them as better educated than civilians of the same age groups.  But, he will never allow such a fact to get in the way of the typical liberal prejudices ingrained into him throughout his privileged life.  He is probably frightened whenever he sees a group of Soldiers walking down the street.   I wonder if Stephen has any guns.  When I read what he writes, he is not the person that I want clinging to his guns, especially when he might be feeling a tad bitter.  Like when he is defending his asinine comments.

Your associates offer a clearer picture of who you are as well.  Crooks hang out with crooks.  If you do not like the United States of America, you likely tolerate associates who are vocal and radical about it.  On Mother’s Day, you probably look a woman in the eye who has never been proud of her country and shares your worldview.

It is human nature to associate with likeminded people.  Since I cannot read according to Mr. King, I spent more than half my life in the Army associated with people who also worked very hard at being the best at their craft.  They valued our country, service, integrity and duty.  Their legacy will outlive Stephen King’s by centuries.

We have arrived at a point in our country where we must look at what influential people say and with whom they associate for insight into who they truly are - especially those who are locked in perpetual campaign to become the leaders of the free world.

So, that’s my little commercial for that.

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