Sunday, August 23, 2015

People Along the Way: Dan Smoot

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Dan Smoot never considered himself to be a Southern conservative, though he was born and reared in Missouri and spent his early adult life in Texas.  He was one of the leading conservative voices in the 1960s and hosted a weekly television program titled “The Dan Smoot Report.”

There were once principled men who were willing to carry the conservative standard against seemingly insurmountable odds, even if it meant public ridicule.  Smoot was one of those men, and his brand of conservatism was heavily influenced by his time in the South.  The giants of conservatism in the post-World War II era–Russell Kirk, Richard Weaver, Henry Regnery, James Kilpatrick, Mel Bradford, et. al.,–understood that much of American conservatism was nurtured in the soil of the South, a region that was slow to adopt the consumerism and multi-nationalism of the mainstream Republican Party.

Country club Republicans and their neoconservative allies eventually purged these men from respectable public discourse.  America has suffered as a result.

Smoot’s autobiography People Along the Way contains interesting tidbits about life in the Great Depression South, among them the common interaction among white and black Southerners.  These stories would not be considered politically correct, nor would they be presented by the modern historical profession.  They involve everyday white and black Southerners interacting without a hint of racial animosity or spite.


  1. This guy is great. I caught him on YouTube and he really rocks. Not only is he smart and well spoken, he would be a great role model for many young boys growing up.

    Here is a link to his vids on YouTube:

    1. Wish we could bring him back. :)

    2. I just got done reading the posted article, it was both enjoyable and educational at the same time, well worth reading.

      This passage would give both the feminists and MRAs fits:

      "Now, in my old age, having seen what I have seen, I am most grateful to God that, in the parts of American where I lived as a teenager, the girls I became acquainted with were performing the role that girls and young women must perform in a civilized society: maintaining for themselves, and enforcing upon boys and men, high standards of sexual morality. Inasmuch as God made males the sexual aggressors, and inasmuch as sexual desire is the most powerful of all human passions, there is only one human agency that can keep society from destroying itself by mindless, degenerate promiscuity: that agency is a high level of sexual morality in women, and, by women, enforced upon men."

      Then I came across this post:

      I think this ties in beautifully with that passage.

      Sorry about posting all these links lately.

      Oh yes, I wish we could bring him as well or least see some young men following in his footsteps would come along.

      His life would make a great movie but Hollyweird would muck it up.

    3. Post away as it is appreciated. :)