Russell King's "An Open Letter to Conservatives" hit the internet.
It was a call-to-arms. A plea for sanity. The internet equivalent of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg which went crazy-viral and was linked, referenced and recommended hundreds (thousands?) of times.
People debated it.
Liberal bloggers cheered it, Conservative bloggers booed it, and the comment sections of every major site that carried it filled-to-bursting with the indignant quacking of wingnut trolls yawping about whatever it was they had been programmed to yawp about that week.
Even basic cable teevee discovered it
And then time passed, and the displacing power of "The Next Thing" moved Mr. Kings' words further and further from the spotlight.
The internet winds came and nibbled his Theses into confetti.
The internet rains came and oxidized the nails which had affixed his Theses to the doors of Conservatism.
Slowly, Mr. Kings' lovely piece of writing went from profound to "404 Not Found".
Yes, Mr. King expanded his original essay into a book (and good on him for doing it), but in the end rust and entropy won because, in the end, nothing had changed.
And four years later is as good a time as any to think carefully about why such a Herculean effort changed nothing. Why things have, in fact, gotten so very much worse.
So while I do not have it in my power to curb the Conservative beast that has our country by the throat, I can do my small part to make sure Mr. King's words are saved from the internet's digital dung beetles and silver fish for a little while longer:
An open letter to conservatives