Starting now, no ifs, ands, or buts.
I am not dying, at least physically. I had always thought that was the only thing that would take me out of action for so long.
I remember a line from one of the Godfather movies that went something like, "He's been dying of the same heart condition for thirty years. He'll be here forever."
In terms of what really matters to me, the fact that I am not dying has a downside. There is something about the smell of embalming fluid that makes people take a short break from chattering about Nixon or Bush or Coolidge and actually look at what a man said as he worked his heart out to try to get ideas across.
After over half a century in this fight, when I speak of the dead, I have very specific people in mind.
They were people I worked with and whom I loved. It is a constant source of anger to me that they got all those flowers and flowery tributes after they died.
They would have much preferred a tenth of that flower money as support for what they were doing, a tenth of that attention when they needed it, a tenth of the effort on their book sales THEN.
In a wild and hilarious science fiction comedy called A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, one of the characters could not be reached because, "He's taking a year off dead for tax purposes."
Well, I am taking a year off dead for urgent health purposes. Maybe that smell of embalming fluid will make me great for twelve months.
In any case, I definitely do not have a choice.
The world will be here a year from now. I have been fighting for fifty-one years, and every one of those years were wasted by the "It's now or never" crowd who should have been helping me lay the groundwork for the future.
I remember one woman who genuinely believed that if the Catholic Kennedy beat Nixon there would never be another election.
She said, "Forget everything but winning THIS election." She never planned for anything but the political equivalent of Judgement Day.
Bless her heart, she did much more harm than good for our cause.
Sometimes the best thing a writer can do is shut up and let those who are interested actually absorb his ideas.
WhitakerOnline has come out every week for exactly seven years.
We have scarcely missed a week in all that time, so there's plenty there.
The WhitakerOnline archive is longer than the New Testament or the Koran, though it hasn't caught up with the Old Testament or the Talmud.
WhitakerOnline Article Archive
My broadcast archive consist of only a few programs, but I hit the very important points first.
If you think I am worth listening to, then the programs there are worth hearing at least twice. They represent my major concepts.
WhitakerOnline Audio Archive
My blog archive is there, but the blog itself may lose its liveliness for the year.
We have about sold out the first edition of my book, Why Johnny Can't Think: America's Professor-Priesthood. It will still be available from Amazon.com.
The ideas in it are planted.
But, a plea on behalf of the book's message:
Please, please, PLEASE never say, "Whitaker says Political Correctness is LIKE a religion."
Please do not say, "Political Correctness is a religion, ***OR*** at least a rigid belief system."
I wrote until my fingers were blue, over and over:
"Political Correctness IS a religion."
I proved it and showed you why it is so important that Political Correctness IS a religion.
This is absolutely critical to the whole message of my book. To say PC is LIKE a religion is worse than saying nothing at all.
Auf wieder sehen, "until we meet again."