One dinner with Pat Buchanan in 2005 set me on the right path at a time of uncertainty in my life.
Pat had been reading my columns for a number of years, and in late 2004 had even named me “Most Original Thinker of the Year” on the McLaughlin Group’s year-end awards show.
(I’m beyond tired this morning, by the way, because I stayed up much too late reading Pat Buchanan’s absorbing new memoir of the Nixon years, so I’ve got Pat on my mind.)
I was in the middle of the all-out assault from the left and the neocons (I know, I repeat myself) over my temerity in writing The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.
There really isn’t anything you can do about it, Pat said. He added that when he gives a lecture even today, there will be people in the back handing out some offensive column of his from 1977. These people never stop.
So he said, “Where there is no solution, there is no problem.”
Since I can’t do anything about it, I should forge ahead on all fronts.
Pat himself almost never responds to critics. He just keeps churning out bestselling books, which is the best revenge.
But he said that one reason all the smears hadn’t destroyed him is that Americans had seen him on TV forever. They knew him. He was obviously not a “Nazi,” or whatever else the hysterics said.
I took that advice, too.
I’ve been on TV a little, but I never lived in a major city long enough to be on much. But in this day and age I don’t need TV. I just need YouTube.
The videos of my speeches, and the videos I made in my office, are what brought me continued success even in the wake of relentless attacks. “How did you hear about me?” is nearly always met with, “I saw one of your videos.”
There’s a learning curve when it comes to making videos that keeps most people from doing it. That’s too bad, because video dramatically increases your website traffic, is more shareable than a blog post, and (if you’re selling something) gets you more sales.
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