Jeet Heer has been writing about Wilmoore Kendall: That reminds me of this from 2005. Whatever else he thought, Harry Jaffa was an American at his core...

HOISTED FROM THE ARCHIVES: Harry Jaffa, Willmoore Kendall, the Crisis of the House Divided... 1/
...& the Party of Abraham Lincoln: ‘“Most conservative books are pseudo-books: ghostwritten pastiches whose primary purpose seems to be the photo of the ”author“ on the cover. What a tumble! From The Conservative Mind to Savage Nation; from Clifton White to Dick Morris... 2/
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...interesting Harry Jaffa.

But Willmoore Kendall?

Those with access to National Review’s electronic archives can read Willmoore Kendall’s review of Harry Jaffa’s Crisis of the House Divided, with Kendall’s attack on Jaffa’s argument that the Declaration and the... 4/
...Constitution are together living documents dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.... Kendall writes in code. Where Kendall writes “Caesar” read “illegitimate tyrant.” Where he writes “egalitarian reforms” think “letting African-Americans vote”... 5/
...Where he writes “a movement which is Lincoln’s legitimate offspring” read “post-WWII civil rights movement.” Where he writes “live up to the Framers” read “abandon any attempt by federal courts or the national legislature to interfere with the peculiar institutions... 6/
... of the American South as they stood in 1950.”... Oh. And the “transcending”?... That’s also code. That’s code for “under Jaffa’s interpretation, Abraham Lincoln is, at best, a fellow traveler of the communists.” Is this really any better than Sean Hannity? More... 7/
...sophisticated and more polite in form, yes. But better?

Jeet Heer <…>. 8/END

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