Lindsey and the Great Email Scandal That Wasn’t


Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 10.46.40 PMYou can have every email I’ve ever sent. I’ve never sent one.” Lindsey Graham

Ed Kilgore describes Lindsey as the thinking man’s Luddite.  If you don’t know what a Luddite is, then you don’t get the joke.  A Luddite was someone who worked for the textile mills in England during the Regency period.  They were against technological advances which were costing jobs, and disrupting the country.  The situation became so serious, that, after Waterloo, in 1815, northern England was almost in a state of insurrection.  Only the quick thinking of Wellington kept the country from going the way of France.  There’s no use even getting into Wellington, Waterloo, or trying to explain the importance for our world today.  The average American is a total and complete ignorant wretch when it comes to history.  Ergo, they are doomed to repeat it.

Yep, that’s Lindsey.   What comes next is our Lindsey, pure classic Lindsey.

“…“What I do, basically, is that I’ve got iPads, and I play around,” Graham explained. “But I don’t e-mail. I’ve tried not to have a system where I can just say the first dumb thing that comes to my mind. I’ve always been concerned. I can get texts, and I call you back, if I want. I get a text, and I respond not by sending you a text, but calling you if I think what you asked is worthy enough for me calling you. I’m not being arrogant, but I’m trying to jealously guard myself in terms of being able to think through problems and not engage in chat all day. I’ve had a chance to kind of carve out some time for myself not responding to every 15-second crisis.”…”

What I find rather humorous is the fact that the idiots of the keyboard think the man is not familiar with technology. It is silly to think that he doesn’t.  And, yes, that’s how he does respond. Once upon a time anyone could email a member of Congress.  Now though, you must only be from that person’s state, so you call the office.  You call his office and he responds.  It’s that simple.  That’s how the system works.  It’s a little old fashioned, but in the days before email, you picked up the phone, called your Senator or Congressman, and spoke to an aid.  Lindsey is one of the few I know who actually cares enough to return calls.

Something like 18% or so of all adults over the age of 21 don’t do email.  What’s the big deal?  It is pure Lindsey Graham.  That’s the thing about Lindsey.  Don’t expect him to change, or do something that violates his own personal value system.  He never will.  I think that is what is so refreshing about him. If he believes in something, don’t expect him to bend.  It doesn’t matter how angry people get with him, he won’t sacrifice what he believes.  It doesn’t matter if you agree with him or not.  That’s what I admire most about him.  I admire anyone who stands by what they believe, no matter how much they are criticized.