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Sam Francis,columnist, 57, dies -a leading voice of traditional conservatism.
Washington Times ^ | Feb. 18 2005 | staff

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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KEYWORDS: columnist; obituary; samfrancis
RIP Mr. Francis-thankyou for the support.
1 posted on 02/18/2005 12:16:33 AM PST by ETERNAL WARMING
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

Thanks for posting.

A gracious tribute to a true conservative.

He'll be missed.


2 posted on 02/18/2005 12:21:01 AM PST by rcocean
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

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.


3 posted on 02/18/2005 12:35:44 AM PST by ambrose (....)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

There's a nice tribute on the VDare site.


4 posted on 02/18/2005 1:40:39 AM PST by shuckmaster
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
I've read him regularly over the years, and I'll miss him. No columnist could write better, and none was more scholarly. He sacrificed what might have been a stellar MSM career by sticking to his paleo-principles. He had, as the saying goes, the courage of his convictions.
5 posted on 02/18/2005 1:49:29 AM PST by Malesherbes
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

Sorry. All that comes to mind is NBC's Fred Francis (former Pentagon correspondent). Still, sad to hear. 57 is such a young age.


6 posted on 02/18/2005 2:01:31 AM PST by Tall_Texan (Let's REALLY Split The Country! (http://righteverytime3.blogspot.com))
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
I believe he first used the labels: "Evil Party" for the Democrats and "Stupid Party" for the Republicans in the Bob Dole for President era.

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.

7 posted on 02/18/2005 2:23:42 AM PST by leadhead (Living beyond my mental means because some assembly is still required)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
Don't know what happened to the other thread but it appeared that the death of such a principled conservative can attract the attention of those with no conservative principles other than its political proximity to their pet cause. Ironic that one of Francis' last columns which I excerpted in the other thread was about that problem. The Hard Right as he defined it, was based on the "Cultural Issue", that is, what kind of country do we want this to be rather than be based on politics or specific causes.

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.

8 posted on 02/18/2005 3:23:21 AM PST by palmer ("Oh you heartless gloaters")
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To: leadhead
"Evil Party" for the Democrats and "Stupid Party" for the Republicans

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.

9 posted on 02/18/2005 3:33:10 AM PST by palmer ("Oh you heartless gloaters")
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

I think I recall his columns in a Catholic paper called, "The Wanderer". Good writer.


10 posted on 02/18/2005 4:38:23 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl
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To: ambrose

I don't suppose that one is linkable anywhere?


14 posted on 02/18/2005 8:19:20 AM PST by hopespringseternal
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To: Vic Mackey
>>>>>>Sam Francis was the man.

Agreed!

15 posted on 02/18/2005 12:28:50 PM PST by Thorin ("I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.")
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
RIP Mr. Francis

Nope -- BIH, Mr. Francis.

Francis re-fought immoral battles of 1964
David Mastio

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."...


21 posted on 02/22/2005 11:19:12 AM PST by steve-b (A desire not to butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom)
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To: Vic Mackey

Benedict Arnold didn't personally kill any of our patriots, either, but he can BIH too, for the same offense (undermining America).


23 posted on 02/22/2005 12:58:35 PM PST by steve-b (A desire not to butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom)
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To: Vic Mackey
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.

26 posted on 02/23/2005 5:30:42 AM PST by steve-b (A desire not to butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING

I don't want to dance on anyone's grave but Francis reinforced the leftist stereotype that conservatism is a racist ideology.


27 posted on 02/25/2005 10:25:21 PM PST by JohnBDay
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It is with pleasure that I note several people, including some who consider themselves conservatives, have described Sam Francis as he truly was -- a small-minded, bigoted man who was apparently incapable of emotional or intellectual growth. At an early age, Francis latched on to the crude racist ideology of Southern politicians of the pre-civil rights movement era. He never let go. Even fellow bigots, including those at the Washington Times, found his racist hysteria, seemingly influenced by feelings of sexual inadequacy, out of bounds. As a result, he was fired in 1995. Francis' increasingly incoherent and vociferous writing left him unemployable by anyone other than other extremists for the next decade. When he died recently, only some members of the far Right took notice. The relative few who spoke positively about him had to ignore his downwardly mobile career to do so. Hopefully, there is a lesson in his wasted life that others who would follow his footsteps can learn from.
28 posted on 03/03/2005 4:26:57 AM PST by Jemima Gaines (Because someone should tell the truth.)
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To: steve-b
"it means the dissolution of the cultural boundaries that define breeding"

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.

29 posted on 03/03/2005 7:19:18 AM PST by ImpeachandRemove (four more years of dubya, then eight more years of Jeb:))
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
Many thanks for posting this obituary for Sam. If nothing else, the scurrilous denunciation of Sam on this thread by the diversity KGB shows that even in death Sam is a force to reckon with.

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.

32 posted on 03/07/2005 10:08:08 AM PST by Map Kernow ("I hold that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing" ---Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ETERNAL WARMING
Thanks so much for posting this!

May God rest Sam's soul.

33 posted on 03/08/2005 10:43:06 AM PST by Scholastic
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To: JohnBDay
That's the impression I got from reading Francis's columns too. Undoubtedly Francis was a very intelligent man and correct on a number of issues. But I couldn't help but get the feeling that he was a strong racist. Many of his columns had a decidedly anti-Black or "minority" tone to them. He sounded like an arch-segregationist/anti-miscegenationist from forty to fifty years ago. If any "minorities" read his column and assumed he spoke for all conservatives, then Republicans would have to forget about getting anything but the all-white vote.

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.

34 posted on 03/09/2005 3:07:54 AM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: driftless
I have a lot to say on this, since this man's death,(far too early BTW) has brought out some of my concerns about the Republican party, Conservatism and how the two relate today and in the future.

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.

35 posted on 03/09/2005 3:28:04 AM PST by Cold Heat (This space is being paid not to do anything.)
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To: Jemima Gaines

Nice swan song, enjoy your banishment.


36 posted on 03/21/2005 8:37:51 PM PST by TradicalRC (I'd rather live in a Christian theocracy than a secular democracy.)
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