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01/04/2013

My final thoughts (for real this time) on Maggie's final column

by Jeremy Hooper

I've already shared with you my thoughts on Maggie Gallagher's seventeen-year run as a syndicated columnist. Today, with that gig now behind her, Maggie gives her own perspective in an interview with Huffington Post's Lila Shapiro. Here's one snip and a link to the full enchilada:

Given the signs of decline you note in your final column, how do you feel about your last two decades of work?

Pretty proud and satisfied. I've spoken the truth within the limits of my insight, which is all any writer can do. I've had an impact on my times and stood up for some denigrated truths that I do not think any society can do without. Plus, I know people trying to live by these truths and [passing] them down to their children really appreciate my capacity to put into words what is in their hearts. All in all, I feel pretty good about how I've spent my life.
FULL INTERVIEW [Huff Po Gay Voices]

Maggie is right about one thing: our present-day insight is, in fact, limited. History will determine what kind of impact her work, with its undeniable harms that affected actual human beings, actually had on society.

I do, however, know that this whole thing is not as confined to the realm of scholarly pontification as Maggie seems to want it to be. She hasn't just spoken—she has acted. She hasn't just stood up—she has stood against. She hasn't just formed words—she has altered constitutions. Here in the real world she has done all this. This is not stuff for her to simply discuss at a Heritage Foundation banquet or debate during one of her many college gigs. It goes way beyond public thinking.

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