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I met Bill Whittle!If you were up late last night and heard an odd, high-pitched sound it was probably me; you see, last night I got to meet a conservative blogging icon and a man I have come to have immense respect and admiration for. Bill Whittle was kind enough to sit down and talk with me and even now I can’t quite believe it happened.

There are really only two bloggers I can think of off the top of my head that I have ever really wanted to meet. One is Bill Whittle. The other is Rachel Lucas.

I know some people may wonder what the big deal is. I’ll tell you.

It may not seem so given my recent writing (I’m desperately out of practice), but I am a writer and I love to write. I also love to read well-written prose, whether it be deep and though-provoking or snarky and sassy. Most of my blogging has been a bit of a mish-mash of both, though I would say I certainly lean more toward the snarky side. And I am intensely patriotic, as you’ve probably discovered. So when I find a writer that is able to write well and has a very deep love of America I feel a sort of awe.

Bill Whittle is that kind of writer. He doesn’t mince words or tip-toe around silly PC labels. He calls it like he sees it, but he does so with an eloquence I can only dream of having. His writing is both logical and factual while conveying a sense of passion usually reserved for appeals to our gut feelings. It’s very clear if you’ve ever read any of his essays that he loves this country at a very deep and visceral level, and for several years – even during the time I wasn’t reading blogs – I’ve had the distinct pleasure of knowing there was at least one other person who had just as much, if not more, love for this country that I have.

If that was it I think I could have been perfectly happy, but then I found out Mr. Whittle was doing a segment called Afterburner for PJTV. I’m not sure which one I saw first, but certainly the one that resonates with me the most is his stunning and well-informed rebuke of Jon Stewart’s claim that Harry Truman was a war criminal – Jon Stewart, War Criminals, & the True Story of the Atomic Bombs. When I initially watched that video I saw a man who was able to both be in the throes of righteous anger and still drive his point home with the accuracy and cool of a sharpshooter. I didn’t know it was possible to be any more in awe than I already was. Of course, at that point I hadn’t ever been in contact with him, much less actually met him, in person.

Which brings me to yesterday. In person Mr. Whittle is every bit as passionate about his convictions as he is on paper or video. He certainly doesn’t mince words and it was beyond awesome to be able to talk openly about politics with somebody – other than my dad – without fear of offending them and forever damaging a relationship. He’s incredibly easy to talk to and one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the privilege to meet. The time flew by and when we finally parted ways I was genuinely disappointed… as well as being a little bit shell-shocked.

All in all it was an incredible experience to meet a hero of mine. While I was a little nervous beforehand, that was quickly replaced by the comfort of talking with an old friend. I would definitely classify this as one of my life’s high points.

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