How the mighty have fallen...
Once upon a time, Orson Scott Card wrote entertaining SF novels, like Ender's Game (well, for a certain definition of "entertaining"). Then he apparently went a bit nuts and exposed himself as homophobic, but some fans argued that, crazy or not, he was still a good writer.
Here is an excerpt of his latest novel, just to disprove that.
And now he knew that this was much of what the Army had sent him here to learn. Yes, a doctorate in history would be useful. But he was really getting a doctorate in self-doubt and skepticism, a Ph.D. in the rhetoric and beliefs of the insane Left. He would be able to sit in a room with a far-left Senator and hear it all with a straight face, without having to argue any points, and with complete comprehension of everything he was saying and everything he meant by it.
In other words, he was being embedded with the enemy as surely as when he was on a deep Special Ops assignment inside a foreign country that did not (officially at least) know that he was there.
Thank heaven he could go home to Cecily every day. She was his reality check. Unlike the ersatz Left of the university, Cessy was a genuine old-fashioned liberal, a Democrat of the tradition that reached its peak with Truman and blew its last trumpet with Moynihan.
This inspires a long and entertaining comment thread, including tales of Card, Ayn Rand, and Neal Stephenson, and this parody:
I am trying to be openminded as I read these comments. But now I realize that you are all indoctrinated, foolishly so, unable to comprehend any real-world information that is incompatible with your preconceived datasets or sets of data. Thank God I can go home to Cecily, who is as smart as Scoop Jackson but has an even better rack of knockers. And who isn't a guy. That would be gross.
ETA: Here is a summary of the novel, ganked from here:
When the president and vice-president are killed by domestic terrorists (of unknown political identity), a radical leftist army calling itself the Progressive Restoration takes over New York City and declares itself the rightful government of the United States. Other blue states officially recognize the legitimacy of the group, thus starting a second civil war. Card's heroic red-state protagonists, Maj. Reuben "Rube" Malek and Capt. Bartholomew "Cole" Coleman, draw on their Special Ops training to take down the extremist leftists and restore peace to the nation...
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