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The First Casualty

Welcome, Instapundit readers.  This is a mirror from my site, roymgriffis.com, which was wiped out in the devoutly-to-be-wished-for Instalanche.

(Note:  this is the original English version of an Op-Ed piece I was asked to write for Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger on what the election means for the United States)

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Trump won.

That surprised not only the Hillary faithful, but a lot of conservatives as well, including me.  Because, frankly, most of us (including the candidate herself) figured the end of this movie had already been written.

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Perspective makes all the difference

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Per my betters at The Atlantic: “Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has provoked a wave of misogyny—one that may roil American life for years to come.”

Where the writer of this article sees misogyny (and do be sure to let me know when he writes a story on the “comics” at the roast of Rob Lowe who spent a great deal of time reaching deep into their well of creativity to call Ann Coulter a c*nt), there are those of us who see something else at play in the dislike and distrust of Hillary Clinton. That would be those of us who haven’t worked inside the Democrat Machine or Academia or in dependably Leftist House Organs like The Atlantic for decades.  Folks like that tend to have a different perspective.

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America, can you hear me?

No, not you guys.  America Ferrera, actress and Hillary’s newest BFF in waiting, wrote a panting love letter to Hillary Clinton entitled “Why Hillary Clinton Thrills the Hell Out of Me.” It began thusly:  There is a view, often expressed on my social media feeds, which maintains that I am voting for Hillary Clinton because I’m a stupid, uninformed, misguided feminist who only knows how to vote with her ignorant vagina.”

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I felt compelled to respond (and not just because she was talking about her naughty bits).

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The Reviews Are In…

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For By the Hands of Men, Book Two, Into the Flames (some of them include Book One of the series, The Old World, as well), and they’re pretty nice.

My favorite so far is this one, from BookBlogger, Carrie K, who wrote:  “Wow…That is the best word I can find to describe these books. Wow!  So Good!”  I think I like that one best because she sounds so surprised (which she actually explains a bit further into the review).

A very lovely blogger known as Mrs. C wrote, “If you are a romantic, lover of history, and appreciate great writing which could be described as classic, you will enjoy this excellent work.  I have the sequel to The Old World at my side, ready to open as soon as I complete this review. ”

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Nice reviw for “By the Hands of Men, Book One: The Old World”

By book blogger “Mrs. C.”

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My Thoughts

About the time I discovered my grandfather’s role in WWI, I received a request from this author to review this beautiful novel set during The Great War.  Author Roy Griffis has the rare talent of writing vividly descriptive narrative which places the reader inside the scene as a nonparticipating character.  His impeccable research has allowed this novel to be compared to Hemingway’s A Farewell To Arms.

This novel begins on the battlefield during the Christmas Day truce, and takes off like a bullet thereafter.  Charlotte, a nurse, physically cares for Robert, an officer, man of mystery, and eventually emotionally cares for him.  Charlotte longs for him, and he her, the only bright spot in their war.  Eventually, they part, but not their hearts.  Even in deepest despair, Robert remembers the giver of a cross he wears around his neck.

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