Have you been in a bookstore lately? I confess that I’ve pretty much switched over to on-line ordering, but now and then I walk the stacks and see if anything catches my eye, particularly when I’m with my oldest son, Brian Andrew, and we’re looking for our beloved science fiction titles.
Most of you know, of course, that there has been a long tradition of retail book sellers finding a way to mask, hide, or otherwise relegate conservative writers to the back of the store, and they just don’t seem to find rack space for conservative writers.
Is there a hotter book out there than Patrick Buchanan’s powerful “State of Emergency?” Did I miss something, or wasn’t it ranked Number One two weeks running? I know for a fact, at least on the radio talk shows I favor, that Pat was everywhere talking up his book. There is no hotter topic in Southern California than illegal immigration…and if you’ll forgive me, we’ve been telling the rest of the country about the dangers of unrestricted population flow for fifty years. I can still recall the speech made by George Putman at the John Birch Society rally back in the mid-50’s.
An extensive “Honey Do” list took me all over my neighborhood early last week, an area called South Bay. As I headed up Hawthorne Boulevard I happened to spot a Barnes and Noble and dropped in to buy a book for my brother-in-law who lives up in Napa County. I was on a schedule so all I wanted to do was pick up Buchanan’s book and continue on my merry way.
One problem. No Buchanan book. Not on the Best Seller rack. Not on the tables at the front of the store that always feature books in the news, and none over in Current Affairs. The Help Desk was staffed by a young man who led me both upstairs and down and guess what? No copies on the nation’s number one best selling hard cover book. Finally a young woman appeared who took me in tow and led me to the one copy of Patrick J. Buchanan’s book with its bright red cover. I seized my precious copy and headed for the check out line where I noticed (I swear this is true) a “30% Off for Members” sticker on the dust cover of the book.
Now, I’m as happy as the next person to get a deal, but a discount this steep on a Number One book?
My route would take me past another Barnes and Noble, this one over on Rosecrans, and just to placate myself that this shopping hiccup was just an aberration, I made it my business to stop at a second store. Same story. There was not one copy of Pat’s book! Not one. What is it about bookstores that manipulate rack space in this fashion?
I decided to comment on this today because we’re just a few days away from an important broadcast; “The Path to 9/11″ airing on the 10th and 11th of this month. A lot of people don’t seem to want you to see it.
I don’t remember this sort of secret censorship of Michael Moore’s work. Do you? I’m making it my business to watch “The Path to 9/11″ and I hope you do, too.
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