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RE: FLIP-FLOPS

Andrew:  I know, I know.  For the longest time I was racked by agonizing guilt.  Every time I donned my flip-flops I heard the voice of George Orwell in my head, raining against “sandal-wearing vegetarian pinks.”  (As Orwell originally said it I believe there was something homophobic in there, too, but this is a family website.)  Visions of Richard Nixon also troubled me–did he ever take his black oxfords off, even to go to bed?

Then I had a moment of self-liberating insight.  Footwear is actually INDEPENDENT OF POLITICAL ORIENTATION!  I am FREE TO BE MYSELF!  I am me!  John Derbyshire!  And that’s GOOD!  No more guilt!  No more shame!  Free, free at last!  Great God almighty, I’m free at last!  Etc., etc.   

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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