Skip to comments.Sam Francis,columnist, 57, dies -a leading voice of traditional conservatism.
Posted on 02/18/2005 12:16:33 AM PST by ETERNAL WARMING
Sam Francis, columnist, 57, dies THE WASHINGTON TIMES Samuel Francis, a syndicated columnist and author, died Tuesday night at a Washington-area hospital of complications following major heart surgery. He was 57. Mr. Francis was an editorial writer for The Washington Times and served from 1987 to 1991 as the deputy editorial page editor. He remained a staff columnist through September 1995. Mr. Francis received the Distinguished Writing Award for editorial writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors in both 1989 and 1990, and was a finalist for the Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Award (Walker Stone Prize) for editorial writing for those years. Mr. Francis emerged in the 1990s as a leading voice of traditional conservatism. "He was a fine writer and a brilliant scholar, who had the courage of his convictions," said Patrick Buchanan, who had both social and professional relationships with Mr. Francis. "He had
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Thanks for posting.
A gracious tribute to a true conservative.
He'll be missed.
His best column ever was the one where he made fun of Amy Biehl after she was beaten to death by a mob in South Africa.
There's a nice tribute on the VDare site.
Sorry. All that comes to mind is NBC's Fred Francis (former Pentagon correspondent). Still, sad to hear. 57 is such a young age.
Maybe he was right. I'm still waiting for the Republican Party to become conservative. But, then again, I'm still waiting for the Tooth Fairy also.
While this forum will continue to be a useful place to discuss what kind of country we want this to be, the focus on politics here along with the expediency of pushing pet causes which Francis always criticized and avoided (apart from culture) will mean the battles of the Hard Right will be won elsewhere.
Lately he pointed out that Democrats have become stupid while staying evil and that the Republicans have gone from being the lesser of two evils (from a paleo perspective) to the only slightly lesser of two evils.
My own view is that power and evil go hand in hand. It's not monotonic or inevitable but it's the natural tendency of many politicians without external limits on their behavior. Fortunately there are enough Republicans with limited government principles to keep things under control, but (IMO) the recent National ID bill is not a good sign.
I think I recall his columns in a Catholic paper called, "The Wanderer". Good writer.
I don't suppose that one is linkable anywhere?
Nope -- BIH, Mr. Francis.
Francis re-fought immoral battles of 1964
One of the last columns written by former Washington Times columnist Sam Francis, before his death last week, decried the positive portrayal of sex between men and women of different races. A commercial for Monday Night Football was really "an act of political-cultural subversion."
Francis went on, "Breaking down the sexual barriers between the races is a major weapon of cultural destruction because it means the dissolution of the cultural boundaries that define breeding and the family, and ultimately, the transmission and survival of the culture itself."
"Breeding"? Those sentences define Francis as a man still fighting for causes in 2004 that were obviously immoral and rightly lost in 1964. Francis never understood that the idea of America crossed racial and ethnic boundaries and made "from many, one."...
Benedict Arnold didn't personally kill any of our patriots, either, but he can BIH too, for the same offense (undermining America).
Francis, apparently unrepentant to the end, continued to publish intellectual fodder for racists, mostly in obscure outlets, up until his death. Samuel Francis was the intellectual tribune of the remnant of America's white supremacists. America is a better place without him.
I don't want to dance on anyone's grave but Francis reinforced the leftist stereotype that conservatism is a racist ideology.
I'm not too familiar with Francis' body of writing but here he appears to have caught a dose of multiculturalism, something, like the clap, that is best avoided. It's a little like anti-semitism, which has been subjected to a rather rigorous political-disease eradication effort among conservatives, though it seems to be raging like resistant VD among liberals.
Interesting too that the Olympians decided not to pull this particular thread---perhaps because the embarrassment of pulling a article on Sam by a paper still respected in White House circles and the very publication that once employed Sam would be too acute. At any rate, WorldNetDaily webpublished today a tribute to Sam by Pat Buchanan. Whether WND or Pat are verboten here these days, I can't say---I'm not here enough any more to know or care.
May God rest Sam's soul.
Because someone is correct on a number of conservative issues doesn't make them someone to listen to. Francis had too many unfortunate white-supremicist beliefs to be taken seriously. Our cherished political foundations may have been created by all-white settlers. But the beliefs, benefits, and laws were not just meant for white Europeans...they're for all Americans of whatever ethnic background or skin color.
I am of the opinion, that like the term Liberal, the "C" word has been rendered nearly meaningless, and unfortunately assisted by Francis and others with certain single issue passions that distort the meanings of Conservatism.
If we are not careful, we will be looking dumber than Democrats. We need to take that word back and reinforce it's definition before radicals destroy it, and the Republican party with it.IMHO.
Nice swan song, enjoy your banishment.
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