On Safire

September 28, 2009


William Safire, former Nixon speechwriter, conservative NY Times columnist, language guru, has died at age 79.

He was always fascinating on the subject of English language use and style(<~~ Ironically, a ‘sentence fragment,’ my spell-check tells me.) Perhaps one of the last among a generation of great writers, BUT Safire was often on the wrong on the issues politically and cannot be forgiven for being the Nixon speechwriter who introduced the word ‘values’ into their lexicon, helping to start the divisive, hateful era that we are currently in the middle of.

I’d like to say ‘Rest In Peace,” but instead have to say “Good riddance.” This country has a great deal of cleaning up to do thanks to how some of the language he introduced has been manipulated.


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