Derb in his salad daysFrothy British Tory and leisurely National Review writer John “Salad Days” Derbyshire, most famous for being a pervert and excoriating students at Virginia Tech for not properly defending themselves against that gunman, has a new book coming out, just like every other asshole. Within this anger-pamphlet is a section called, “The Case Against Female Suffrage.” Radio host and aged goblin carcass Alan Colmes recently asked Derbyshire to explain this section. Why does he hate nice ladies so much? Any other historic civil rights achievements he wants to dial back? etc.

Here, everyone, is The Case Against Female Suffrage:

“What is the case against female suffrage?” Colmes asked. “The conservative case against it is that women lean hard to the left … They want someone to nurture, they want someone to help raise their kids, and if men aren’t inclined to do it — and in the present days, they’re not much — then they’d like the state to do it for them.”


DERBYSHIRE: Among the hopes that I do not realistically nurse is the hope that female suffrage will be repealed. But I’ll say this – if it were to be, I wouldn’t lose a minute’s sleep.

COLMES: We’d be a better country if women didn’t vote?

DERBYSHIRE: Probably. Don’t you think so?

COLMES: No, I do not think so whatsoever.

DERBYSHIRE: Come on Alan. Come clean here [laughing].

COLMES: We would be a better country? John Derbyshire making the statement, we would be a better country if women did not vote.

DERBYSHIRE: Yeah, probably. Well we got along like that for what, 130 years?

But he’s being serious, is the thing — listen to the audio! Poor Alan Colmes seems so scared.

Oh, and then he’s like, screw the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This was a common conservative position back then. You know, 40 to 50 years ago.

(K-Lo probably agrees with all of this, is the amazing thing.)

National Review’s John Derbyshire: Women Should Not Have The Right To Vote [Think Progress]

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  • widget09

    That guy has “ASSHOLE” written all over his face.

  • hunter.blatherer

    I don’t see why we should stop at that. Only white male landowners should be allowed to vote. And then, only if they vote the right way.

  • mookworthjwilson

    Oh, and what a wonderful 130 years it was…slavery, Jim Crow, child labor, near 50/50 infant or maternal mortality…man that’s something I want to bring back…well that and everyother president having cool muttonchops…

  • teebob2000

    Fah. He’s clearly got teh gay.

  • Click

    Honestly, I think these fucking guys are just upping the crazy because they’ve realized it’s an instant ticket to notoriety by way of insanity.

  • PabaBritannica

    Who is this guy and does anyone care? I mean, I know people get jollies watching Ann Coulter dislocate her jaw and devour Matt Lauer, but can someone point me to someone who claims to be a John Derbyshire “fan”?

    I’m not saying in the facebook sense though. I’m sure facebook is too uncouth and wretched and bugger and bangers and mash for this guy.

  • Prommie

    Does no one remember this was the dude who wrote that Chelsea Clinton should be killed, because she is the evil spawn of the evil Clintons and will perpetuate evil clintonism?

  • memzilla

    Another cry to roll back the calendar to the Gilded Age of the 1890s — white male majority, no wimmen voters, dead Injuns, dead Messicans, and rapacious corprit trusts as far as the eye could see.

    Way to read the demographic trends, Republitards! Grover Cleveland for Preznit!

  • norbizness

    Perhaps he’s forgetting that in the early 19th century, lunatics, waterheads, miscreants, cretins, and the feeble-minded were also denied the franchise, and he’s batting at least .800

  • Scruffy_The_Janitor

    I know that a minority, Janitors dont need civil rights.

  • PabaBritannica

    Haha, this guy’s into steampunk and roleplaying a 19th century aristocrat, isn’t he?

  • GreatOldOnesParty

    Is that a mugshot?
    And I know at least mAnne Colt-face would like to throw away her right to vote.
    And love his book title:
    “We are DOOMED! DOOMED! DOOOOOOOO[cockroach crawls across face]MED! GO HOME NOW!”

  • zaccapeters

    This is what happens when you send SkoalRebelz to university. I say we ban all student aid and kill the community colleges as a precautionary measure. And give them all the worm dirt they can handle for free.

  • Rev. Peter Lemonjello

    That picture looks like it was taken moments after Chris Hansen entered the room and asked “Why don’t you have a seat over there.”

  • Doglessliberal

    Next up, he will write an essay about eating babies, and mean it.

  • magic titty


  • norbizness
  • binarian

    Anyone else find it odd that nutjobs like this are coming out of the woodwork now?

  • SayItWithWookies

    Later in the interview, Derbyshire said there’s also a case to be made for repealing the 1964 Civil Rights Act because you “shouldn’t try to force people to be good.”

    Well why stop there? If that’s the principle we should use in making laws, then why do we have those stupid, outdated statutes against murder, rape, theft and — this should make the Republicans happy — transporting minors across state lines for immoral purposes? I mean, look at that face — if that expression doesn’t say “Repeal the Mann Act,” then nothing does.

  • Uncle Joe

    The victim here is his poor, poor wife, because you know John Douchebagshire has got to be the most disappointing, lamest, worst fuck in the entire history of consensual sex.

  • Sarjo

    Hey, it’s John Cleese in a new ROFL LOL skit! Long live the Flying Circus!!!

  • Click

    I felt the Alan Alda and Ringo Starr audio portrayal needed more fire.

  • V572625694

    Between this twit and Sully, we’ve got too many Brits telling us how to run the country. Let’s see their birth certificates!

  • GreatOldOnesParty

    [re=424600]Rev. Peter Lemonjello[/re]: My thoughts exactly.
    Why hasn’t John Derby-Upon-The-Shire denied being a rampant pedophile. It’s not like we shouldn’t rule it out.
    Just sayin’…

  • Norbert

    Put your money where your mouth is, shithead, and run for office somewhere on that platform.

  • magic titty

    [re=424612]Uncle Joe[/re]: He’s married!?

  • slappypaddy

    the face of a man who yearns for a thrashing from the nurturing members of society.

  • Tommmcatt

    I love Colmes response- “No, I do not think so whatsoever.”- which roughly translates as “I plan on having sex at least one more time before I die, idiot”.

    Something tells me that this is a moot point for Derbyshire, though.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Not all of us can be men’s men like WussieShire.

    Shouldn’t he be counting bullets fired by a crazed student? (yep, he’s that dipshit.)

  • GayInMaine

    [re=424585]Click[/re]: Either that or make their side on issues seem almost sane. “Oh, you want to deny everyone health care. Well, in comparison to repealing the right to vote, that’s not so bad. Okay, we’ll go with it.”

  • hobospacejunkie

    The ol’ essentializing of women. They are all caring nurturers. It’s in their nature, of course. This guy probably has two dozen female corpses buried in his back yard. Also, he looks like an Irish stereotype come to life. A really bad, essentializing stereotype.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    This guy is a genius. Why force people to be good, indeed? Thank goodness Republicans will take his advice and do away with the Ten Commandments. We should all be allowed to covet our neighbors’ asses.

  • bureaucrap

    why such lame half-way measures? Let’s bring back enfranchisement on the basis of property ownership. If you have cash, stocks or real estate work $1M or more, come on down! Otherwise, eat **** and die.

  • Rotundo

    No doubt he’s also longing for the return of the british empire since the american one seems to be unraveling of late. Wants the women subserviant and the classes mindful of their roles. Trouble is, these days the folks from China and India own our sorry asses, financially, intellectually, and soon literally. Methinks he will not like serving his new masters tea and biscuits.

  • WhatTheHeck

    Wait, women were given shoes and let out of the kitchen?

  • Servo

    Eternal masturbation, John. Eternal masturbation.

  • jodyleek

    [re=424612]Uncle Joe[/re]: Consensual sex with this guy? Who? Name names, please. Sex with dead hookers or drugged young boys, that I would believe. But, consensual sex with any human? You are too funny.

  • Anonymous Office Zombie

    Gareth Keenan, is that you?

  • Click

    [re=424612]Uncle Joe[/re]: He might have had a clue had he ever seen anything other than the back of her head during those impotent struggles towards sexual release.

  • Beanball

    I’m proud to tell you that back in the day, my ancestors shot Redcoats, and that twit there is one of the reasons why.

  • dum librul

    I only read 3/5 of this story.

  • ignatius_riley

    [re=424612]Uncle Joe[/re]: This guy is married?? Jesus Christ. Maybe women are too stupid to vote.

  • Mustang

    I don’t think men should be allowed to express opinions, let alone write books, but you don’t see me yakking to ape-faced pretend liberal Alan Colmes about it.

  • RoscoePColtraine

    If we’d never passed Wimmin’s Suffrage, well then, Meg Whitman wouldn’t be in all that hot water.

    Also, I’d like to go on the record as being totally fine with wimmin voting and all. It’s the letting ’em drive I’d like to ban.

  • Native of SL UT

    He has a good point. This government is all fucked up because it cares about people. It wants to nurture people and shit. We all know the best governments run over their people with tanks instead.

  • Click

    [re=424630]hobospacejunkie[/re]: Excuse me – that fucker is NOT Irish, he’s a brit. As a proud Irish stereotype, I am deepply offended.

  • Click

    That’s “deepply” with 2 p’s, because we Irish spell things however we goddam pplease.

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    We need to get Derbyshire together with Peggy Noonanshire. They would make a lovely couple.

  • Downtheroadapiece

    What a warm and cuddly fella.

    I hope his urologist or proctologist is 60’s liberal hippy lady.

  • Canmon (the Inadequate)

    I heard their periods attract bears. Is that what you want, go into a voting booth and get mauled by a bear?

  • Click

    [re=424637]jodyleek[/re]: His wife’s name is Rosie. Last name Palm.

  • Come here a minute

    This makes complete sense, because the conservative position on everything is, “I got mine — go fuck yourself.”*** So he would be in favor of stripping the vote from any group to which he does not belong.

    ***Or in the case of a certain flavored dip lover, “Y’all go fuck y’all’self.”

  • S.Luggo

    [re=424615]Sarjo[/re]: Basil Fawlty.

  • Liz Becton

    His wife’s name is Rosie.

    No, seriously.

  • Click

    C’mon gals, haven’t we women suffraged enough?

  • Guppy06

    Because before the Nineteenth Amendment, we elected nobody but small government, business-loving isolationist presidents like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

  • Pithaughn

    [re=424648]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: Oh they CAN drive fine, when they remember that they are indeed driving. It’s just that putting on mascara, sipping a latte and flapping their pie hole all at the same time makes em forget to WATCH what the fuck they are doing! Also, they insist on just sort of pointing the vehicle as opposed to actually steering.

  • S.Luggo

    I must agree with Lord Darbyton. Women get very emotional when they vote. Plus, after making a scene at the voting station, they can’t focus on making dinner.

    All that menopausal crying and snapping during election season is very disturbing to me, also. Oh, wait. I could be thinking of Mitch McConnell’s last campaign.

  • SomeNYGuy

    I have actually seen a photo of Mrs. Derbyshire. She really and truly looks like an adolescent boy. Try not to have a heart attack from sheer surprise.

  • Cape Clod

    [re=424622]magic titty[/re]: This would explain his rational. Any creature stupid enough to have sex with me needs to be stripped of the right to vote, along with all biologically similar creatures.

  • mookworthjwilson

    [re=424673]Guppy06[/re]: I say we compromise…we’ll overturn the 19th Amendment, but only if we get rid of that bill of attainder part of the constitution and make every law only apply to this douchebag…

  • Sarjo

    [re=424666]S.Luggo[/re]: The Major: Strange creatures, women. I knew one once… striking-looking girl… tall, you know… father was a banker.
    Basil: Really?
    The Major: Don’t remember the name of the bank.
    Basil: Nevermind.
    The Major: I must have been rather keen on her because I took her to see… India!
    Basil: India?
    The Major: At the Oval… fine match, marvellous finish… now, Surrey had to get thirty-three in about half an hour… she went off to powder her… powder her hands or something… women… er… never came back.
    Basil: What a shame.
    The Major: And the strange thing was… throughout the morning she kept referring to the Indians as niggers. “No no no,” I said, “the niggers are the West Indians. These people are wogs.” “No, no,” she said. “All cricketers are niggers.”
    Basil: They do get awfully confused, don’t they? They’re not thinkers. I see it with Sybil everyday.
    The Major: I do wish I could remember her name. She’s still got my wallet.
    Basil: As I was saying, no capacity for logical thought.
    The Major: Who?
    Basil: Women.
    The Major: Oh yes, yes… I thought you meant Indians.

  • Egregious

    Once, back in the day, I saw Jerry Brown speaking when he was running for President. I recall that it was hard (or harder) to take him seriously b/c his most vociferous supporters were a bunch of grubby, hippy-clad stoners holding up signs demanding the legalization of pot.

    The tea baggers, frothing bible thumpers, crackers, and hypobolic southern congressman of today’s GOP are starting to resemble a right wing version of a Jerry Brown rally circa 1992.

  • trustmeimalawyer

    [re=424618]GreatOldOnesParty[/re]: He does look like a pedophile.

  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    How would his Queen feel about this, you say? She’s behind it!

    This is all part of his plan to roll us back to the point of our reinstatement as Colonies under King George. Female Suffrage, Civil Rights Acts, Emancipation of Slaves— repeal it all and reinstate the tea tax! Derbyshite and his sleeper cell won’t rest until we’re all bleeding a different red white and blue— the confusing criss-crossy red and blue of the Union Jack!

    He wants India back also.

  • Johnny Zhivago

    Somebody tell Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina that women ARE ACTUALLY ALLOWED TO VOTE!

  • Click

    [re=424702]Egregious[/re]: I’m thinking your scales are tipped a bit off-center in that analogy.

  • Click

    [re=424702]Egregious[/re]: “hypobolic” – that’s an understatement.

  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    Come to think of it, please disenfranchise Blanche Lincoln.

  • NixonNow

    alan colmes is only offended because alan colmes is a woman.

  • BeWoot

    Is this the jump from that gynophobia argument we had earlier this week? Cause thanks, I’m still terrified of those things.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=424648]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: I totally wrote that and then decided not to post it. But I agree. It’s the only thing that the Saudis have right. Women are horrible drivers.

  • GreatOldOnesParty
  • El Pinche

    This Derbyshire guy looks like he fucks warm poultry while watching child pr0n. Someone check his harddrive.

  • kth

    [re=424693]SomeNYGuy[/re]: Yglesias had a picture of Mr and Mrs Derbyshire on one of his other blogs, but my lousy Google skills failed to turn it up. Quite hilarious, she’s a super-diminutive Asian who looks to be about 1/3 of Derb’s age.

  • Redhead

    “The conservative case against it is that women lean hard to the left … They want someone to nurture, they want someone to help raise their kids, and if men aren’t inclined to do it — and in the present days, they’re not much — then they’d like the state to do it for them.”

    so… women want to nurture the state? What, make sure all the congressmen get on the school bus without being called names by the bully and pack little sandwiches (with the crusts cut off) and apple slices in a Dora the Explorer lunchbox? I’m confused.

  • Click

    [re=424742]kth[/re]: Does it say whether he ordered her online or through a catalog?

  • Way Cool Larry

    the sad thing is that there are probably some poor brainwashed conservatard women who think they shouldn’t be allowed to vote because they aren’t smart enough to figure things out on their own.

  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    [re=424744]Redhead[/re]: And I thought blonds were the stupid ones.

  • SmutBoffin

    [re=424742]kth[/re]: Derbyshire also wrote an OK book about the Riemann Hypothesis. It was mainly marred by pointless stabs at egalitarian conceptions of history (white math dudes rule!) and constant autobiographical references. Mostly about his Chinese wife.

  • GreatOldOnesParty

    [re=424761]Way Cool Larry[/re]: First name: Anne. Last name: Coulter. And yes, I agree that SHE shouldn’t be allowed to vote either.

  • Gopherit

    Who fucking listens to limeys anyway. They can’t even pronounce aluminum or controversy correctly.

    Still, less voting would mean more pot pies…….mmmmm. pot pies.

  • Gopherit

    [re=424771]GreatOldOnesParty[/re]: But, coulter isn’t a woman. we’re going to disenfranchise transexuals now, too?

  • GreatOldOnesParty

    [re=424768]SmutBoffin[/re]: Is it known if he lets his diminutive, Asiatic live-in hooker vote?

  • kungfusheriff

    Never heard of him.

  • facehead

    He’s just a dick.

    Sorry for the lack of wit, lemme try again …


  • RoscoePColtraine

    [re=424778]Gopherit[/re]: You forgot “schedule.” I fucking LIVED in London, and, to this day, it takes me a minute to figure out what they’re saying….shed-ule shed-ule, OH! You mean SKED-ule. Derbyshire needs to shut the fuck up about what America needs to do, and that goes for Christopher Hitchens, too.

  • SmutBoffin

    [re=424782]GreatOldOnesParty[/re]: The proof of this conjecture, as well as “does he let her leave the kitchen?”, is elusive. The book does demonstrate conclusively that Will Buckley Jr. is the shit. (Seriously, Derb-o, why does this book about math need to include crap about how talented your boss is?)

  • AbstinenceOnly Ed

    Awww, look at the first-person collective noun:
    DERBYSHIRE: Yeah, probably. Well we got along like that for what, 130 years?

    The little tory arsewipe thinks he’s Amurrican, just because he’s insanely regressive and misogynistic. Nope, yr still an English twit acting as an American wingnut stooge. You will NEVER be American, at least until you spell “Coloured People” without the superfluous u.

  • bitchincamaro

    In the spirit of your comment, Mr. Derbyshire, may I strongly suggest that you eat night soil and die.

  • Gopherit

    [re=424787]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: That’s true. You’d think they’d bother to learn how to speak their own language.

  • GreatOldOnesParty

    [re=424787]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: or “lieutenant”.
    I don’t know where the hell they get that “F” in there.

  • Snarkalicious

    [re=424569]widget09[/re]: Blingy plz.

  • GreatOldOnesParty
  • Snarkalicious

    [re=424612]Uncle Joe[/re]: What? You think this fuckstick adheres to marital rape laws?

  • SomeNYGuy

    [re=424787]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: Don’t forget Tony Blankley, whom I can actually smell through my radio speakers.

    [re=424742]kth[/re]: “she’s a super-diminutive Asian”
    Well, he had to find someone who couldn’t beat him up — and it’s still illegal to marry a quadriplegic hamster.

  • RoscoePColtraine

    [re=424806]Gopherit[/re]: Is there anything the English invented that the Americans haven’t improved? Afternoon tea has become happy hour. Fish and chips have become burgers and fries. Centuries-old cathedrals have become shiny new mega-churches. I rest my case.

  • JSDC007

    Quick, where’s future Virginia Governor Goblin Mr. McDonnell? We just found his long lost twin!!!

  • JSDC007

    [re=424835]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: And old buck-toothed, Reaginista crone Maggie Thatcher has become MILF-y, bouffanted, Reaginista tart Sarah Palin! And British douchebag Derbyshire has become a Fleet suppository! Who said that America was in decline?

  • CollegeStudent

    Instead we should eliminate dumb white guy sufferage. I would gladly give up my right to vote, so long as that guy doesn’t get to vote either.
    I believe that is, as they say, putting country ahead of self.

  • ScubaDew

    I especially like his rationale for the whole thing: “Women shouldn’t vote because they’re liberal. Duh.”

    You want to repeal somebody’s right to vote just because they elect people you don’t like? Seriously? That’s not making a “conservative case”, that’s just being general douche.

  • steve

    I think he missed it by focussing on voting instead of driving…

  • RoscoePColtraine

    [re=424851]JSDC007[/re]: I don’t care it’s been done to death. I came *this* *close* to projectile spewing my coffee on that suppository part. Just didn’t see it coming, is why.

  • Cicada

    This guy…oooh…this fucking guy…I just want to punch him in the balls. I mean…this FUCKING GUY. Arrrrgh!

    I’m sorry, my vagina makes me go into bouts of semi-articulate rage. Also, I hope his mother gives him a good talking to, followed by a punch in the balls.

    Have I mentioned that I think he needs to be punched in the balls? Yes, and to never get near a vagina ever again.

  • Gopherit

    [re=424851]JSDC007[/re]: Isn’t he the opposite of a suppository? They’re supposed to make you less full of shit.

  • chaste everywhere

    Cicada: So does my [male equivalent of a vag*na]! Wanna hook up and make big semi-articulate rage together?

  • Maxfretless

    While I have Major General Smedley D. Butler here on a time machine trip to whale the snot out of John Perry I might be able to convince my guest to take a kabar to this limey cumstain.

  • Gopherit

    [re=424867]Cicada[/re]: Hahaha cicada! They’re hitting on you here, too.

  • RoscoePColtraine

    [re=424874]Gopherit[/re]: See, I interpreted it as his sole purpose for being is to die up someone’s ass.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    I think Republican women should get behind this movement, and stop voting. Also, perhaps just step away from public life altogether.

    Except Bachmann. Never, never leave me, Michele.

  • Cicada

    [re=424883]chaste everywhere[/re]: So you have a thing for women with angry vaginas who want to punch men in the balls? Interesting.
    I’m afraid I can’t help you there, but there are any number of lovely ladies who specialize in what you’re interested in. For a fee, of course.

    [re=424897]Gopherit[/re]: I think it’s all those naked boob pics I posted earlier. What was I thinking?

  • problemwithcaring

    [re=424702]Egregious[/re]: Leave pot alone!!

    [re=424712]Click[/re]: Equating the townhallers with hippie potheads is hyperbolic, but conflating townhallers protests with the Black Family Reunion was a hilarious analogy? My lady parts don’t know whether to be amused or confused by your passionate defense of weed.

  • Gopherit

    [re=424919]Cicada[/re]: I think I saw the Angry Vaginas perform when i was in college. The days of mosh pits and disturbing amounts of alcohol.

  • Click

    [re=424921]problemwithcaring[/re]: Wow. I’ve seen lady parts express cynicism and turpitude, but never amusement or confusion.
    And to answer your question – yep.

  • glamourdammerung

    [re=424858]ScubaDew[/re]: That was actually the same stance that Ludwig von Mises had as well, though blaming them for the Civil War because they all became abolitionists due to their husbands neglecting to keep them docile, barefoot, and pregnant was a nice extra touch.

  • Downtheroadapiece

    [re=424702]Egregious[/re]: Be happy then because he’s the front runner thus far in next Cali Gubanatorial circus! Yay, dirty hippies!

  • whiskey tango foxtrot

    Nope. Faker. Fakey fakey fakey fake. I call fake! This guy is obviously a plant for the radical left, and it’s only because he’s gay for Noam Chomsky that he doesn’t mind never having a woman touch him again that he’ll say this.

  • UnattendedConsequence

    Frankly, I don’t like to see women suffering. If there’s some stupid law we can change that would bring an end to it, then I says we do it! Have a heart, y’all.

  • BlueStateLibtard

    So far the Repubatards have managed to alientate Hispanics, blacks, gays, women, non-Christians…so just who exactly do they think that leaves left to vote for them?

  • Click

    [re=425069]BlueStateLibtard[/re]: Vote???

  • CorkPopper

    He looks like the kind of guy who pays good money to get bound and beaten by a dominatrix.

    “Oh, I’ve been a BAAAD boy…”

  • One Yield Regular

    Why am I suddenly re-envisioning “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” with Derbyshire’s neck cradled in Tura Satana’s angry bare hands?

  • assistant/atlas

    [re=424918]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: They should hide from the Census, also.

  • Brendan M.

    [re=425120]One Yield Regular[/re]: Because that is an awesomely appropriate and amusing thing to picture!

  • zhubajie

    Take voting away from the men.

  • zhubajie

    [re=424589]memzilla[/re]: Conservacrooks were not happy in the 1890s, either.

  • zhubajie

    Is this limy fool a US citizen? Who’s this “we” he’s talking about? Him and the turd in his pocket?

  • villageatrois

    If there had been no women’s suffrage, there would be no Nancy Pinatta, no SOS Hillarious Clinton, no Margaret Thatcher, no Angela Merkel. We would have been stuck with Betsy Ross, Clara Barton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Linda Ronstadt, Amelia Earhardt, Mother Theresa, Judy Garland, etc.

  • LowerdPeninsula

    [re=424801]AbstinenceOnly Ed[/re]: I can never quite get over conservative British pundits making their money in America (and sometimes back at home) writing about the country and believing it’s acceptable for them to use “we”, particularly the ones on visas who’ve been her for decades but never go forward with citizenship.

  • Mavky

    Derbyshire’s novel: This is a magical novel of a Chinese immigrant’s coming to terms with himself, his marriage, and America–and the unlikely moral force that guides his life. Chai is middle-aged, a disillusioned formed Red Guard who escaped China for Hong Kong and then America, where he works in New York as a banker. He and his wife, Ding, are the parents of an infant and enjoy a contented marriage; he develops a fond obsession with President Calvin Coolidge, the taciturn New Englander whose wry wit and wisdom delights Chai. One day, a chance discovery leads him astray: He learns that a lover from his youth is now in Boston, living with her husband and their son. The son is Chai’s very image, and the staid banker is inflamed by the implications of the resemblance. Confused by his emotions, he becomes determined to revive the affair. How Ding schemes to win back her wayward husband–and teach him the necessary truths about love–forms the plot and beguiling conclusion to John Derbyshire’s tale.

  • zhubajie

    [re=425396]Mavky[/re]: So does he know anything about China? Or is it total ignorant fantasy, like the Kai Lung books, but less charming?

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