A Son I Would Be Proud Of

Conservative writer/commentator Matt Walsh is a young man I admire.

Updated April 10, 2022

I never knew my mom and dad on an intimate, personal level. Both were abusive parents (my dad much worse than my mom) who never should have had children and left a legacy of wounded, dysfunctional, and substance addicted children behind them as part of their dark heritage.

Admitting this, I understand that I share half of my DNA from both of them and, for better or worse, I am like each of them in at least some respects—hopefully only the positive and redeeming ones and certainly with none of their egregious and, in some respects, evil ways.

Now in my early sixties and understanding the sand in my hour glass is rapidly depleting, I find it regrettable on some levels I never had the chance to get to know the type of people my parents were. Of course, I know they were not good people, but cruel, uncaring, lacking empathy and wisdom, and terrible parents. This admitted, it still would have been illuminating to know them on deeper levels to understand why they became the kind of individuals they turned out to be. Understanding who our parents were helps us to understand who we are.

For example, were they Democrats, Republicans, or non-political? Where did they stand on abortion? Civil rights? What kind of childhoods did they have? What were their hobbies and interests? Who or what inspired them? These kinds of questions and so many more are forever out of my grasp to learn (both died years ago), and though I might have an inkling of where they stood on these issues, I cannot be 100% certain, which, in the final analysis, is a loss, on some levels, for understanding who I am and the kind of soil I sprang from.

It is my belief that all children should know who their parents are: what they think, why they believe certain things, where they stand on the great issues and questions of life, their childhoods, etc. As mentioned above, children share half of their parent’s DNA and knowing who their parents are (or were) and the molding process that made them the kind of individuals they became is an important knowledge base for their own identities and belief systems.

I know my dad liked baseball because, during baseball season while we were living in Crystal Lake, Illinois, he often had the tv on to watch the Chicago Cubs playing. But this fact doesn’t satisfy, for me, my desire to know who my dad truly was outside of the fact he liked baseball. And since I never cared for watching sports, this tidbit of information means little because I can’t necessarily relate to it except on a superficial level.

But if I had known other things about my parents, for example, the kind of books they read, the radio and tv stations they listened to, the clubs they were a part of, the churches they attended, the friends they hung around with, the extracurricular activities they enjoyed—all of these would help “fill in the blanks” of the kind of people they were and what molded and shaped their characters and world views.

Regrettably, my father was not a decent man. He did horrific and criminal acts against his children, and this part of his nature has made it difficult for me on some levels to either want to find out more about him, even if that knowledge would help me in possibly understanding myself.

I know a smattering of some of the items I mentioned above that my mom and dad participated in, and though this provides me a bit of detail on the kind of people they were, it is not sufficient to knowing them on an intimate level.

Which brings up Matt Walsh. Here is a young man, now in his middle thirties, (today is March 4, 2022) who, for his youth and relative short life experience, is someone I greatly admire. In fact, I admire him so much that I would consider it a great honor to have him as my own son.

Below is a video of Matt offering advice to people who posted their questions on Slate’s website:

Walsh is a conservative Christian who I was first exposed to through his blog. Then, he was in his late 20’s, and it is hard for me to take too seriously the views of anyone so young and inexperienced. It’s not that young people cannot accurately opine on any different number of subjects (because they certainly can and do on a regular basis), but their young ages usually mean their views have not usually been refined through the hot fires of life (unless they have fought in wars, for example).

In general, especially here in America, young people are so coddled and blessed with an abundance of material possessions, technological gadgets, food, entertainment, etc. that it is hard for them to truly understand the deep meanings and complexities of life. Yes, I know there are many exceptions one can point to, but I’m referring to very broad generalities concerning the general public.

Walsh, though, is now gaining in years and, by extension, life experience. He is maturing in his views and now has at least two children. This in itself, being married and raising kids, is a learning and maturing process all in itself, and now, Walsh has years behind him in both categories.

I have followed and read enough about him over these years to know where he is coming from, and I like and enjoy him both as a person and a conservative commentator. But it was only when he went “live” on his Daily Wire program platform that I began to appreciate another aspect of him I never realized before: his dry sense of humor.

Walsh uses his dry and sarcastic sense of humor in a manner that I never knew he possessed. And his personality—his sober, grave demeanor—is another big plus for me when it comes to appreciating what he has to say. Personally, I cannot stand silly, immature men who appear on news programs or Youtube videos and act like fools: making stupid faces, acting feminine, trying to be funny while lacking in comedic talent and timing, etc. Walsh is nothing like this and his manliness and sobriety is a trait that resonates with me.

But his dry, sarcastic sense of humor helps soften what can sometimes appear to be a hard and overly negative edge to people who possess similar character traits of seriousness. I find myself often laughing at his presentations, knowing what he is saying is exactly opposite to what he actually believes. It’s quite refreshing and effective.

Interestingly, conservative Ben Shapiro, the founder of the conservative Daily Wire, who I also admire, has a similarly sober demeanor but lacks the deadpan humor of Walsh. Having both these conservative and serious personality styles but possessing different deliveries makes the two commentators more interesting to listen to.

Do I believe everything Walsh or the Daily Wire believes? No. I like to envision myself as a conservative free thinker and have learned to take much of what either conservatives or liberals say with a grain of salt. Both camps contain truth, and though I believe the conservative camp is much closer to my overall belief system and reports the truth more accurately, I’m not naive enough to think they are right in everything. Wisdom is to take most everything with a bit of skepticism because each viewpoint has their own agendas.

Yet Walsh is a young man I would be proud to have as my son, someone who accurately represents my belief system and who conducts himself in a manner that I would want a son to portray in his daily life, both in public and in private. In him is an authentic glimpse of the kind of man I myself am.

Walsh’s viewpoints on life, politics, and morality closely align with mine. Throughout his writing and broadcasting career, he has been an outspoken opponent of abortion, a world-wide evil that, for most of my adult life, I strenuously fought against and publicly condemned. Here is video he did where he speaks against this barbaric and cruel practice in America:

Another aspect I greatly admire of Walsh is his willingness to publicly swim against the tide of the prevailing cultural norms and boldly speak against them. This is not an easy thing to do and those who take a public stand like he has means his life becomes a target for counter attacks, abuse, ridicule, death threats, and other forms of violence and discrimination. I’m sure he has lost many sleepless nights after receiving death threats via email, text messages, and late night phone calls. Bolding standing up against evil exacts often painful rewards that not many are able to consistently bear.

Will Walsh change his views as he matures? Undoubtably. Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” It’s possible Walsh could completely change his views 180 degrees; he could become a flaming liberal. But for now, I can heartily endorse and recommend him.