To the 1,597 kindly friends who — whether via our donation page or by check (a good number have already come into the NYC office) — have responded to our webathon appeal, we can only say thanks. Well, that’s not the only thing we can say: We are hoping that many more will find their way to do likewise before this effort ends on March 29. Our goal of $250,000, a long shot, we figured, will likely be revised, because, well, our real needs dwarf that amount. Oh, yeah: About $190,000 have arrived so far. Did I say thanks? I meant, THANKS! Which is exactly what some of the donors are saying, appending kind comments along with their generosity. Here are a few of many:
- Sherry found $50 and sent it thisaway, along with an unnecessary confession: “I began reading NR this year and am sorry I waited so long to start! The fact that you are not afraid to criticize Republicans when they are wrong and to defend Democrats when they are right is great journalism. Thank you, NR.” Never too late Sherry, and by the way, it’s you who gets the thanks.
- Jonathan sent $3,000 — yes, you read that correctly — and a note short on words but long on inspiration: “Greatly appreciate your magazine and all you stand for and do.” Jonathan, when the smelling salts take affect and I rouse, I will find a way to properly say thanks for this amazing gift.
- Michael contributes a sweet $100 and a pretty good evaluation of the crew here: “Intellectual honesty is difficult for human beings — we are all to a degree emotional. Your writers, editors manage a level of honesty and passion which is unequaled in the U.S.A. of the last decade. Thank you all so much for your hard work, your energy, and dedication.” If any of this is true, Michael, it’s because of generous people such as you.
- Robert also spots us a C Note and a nifty thought: “Would love to do more but retirement has it’s constraints. I actually consider this one of the best ways to use a piece of the stimulus. I always remember a couple of quotes I heard years ago. Not sure I have them exactly right but I think you get the point: (1) All it takes for evil (or in this case the Democrats) to succeed is for good men to do nothing, and (2) If not us — who? I believe both of these to be extremely relevant to the current situation in our country.” About sums it up, Robert. We dig your kindness.
- Suzy goes big with $200 and this: “National Review has the most balanced writers and I find myself increasingly utilizing your website for news. One suggestion — fix your very glitchy app if you want to add more younger people to your viewership.” The Dept. of Glitches has been notified. Many thanks for the support.
- Mitchel sends along $100 and plays a variation of Sherry’s tune: “I’m a late joiner, but a committed grunt! I still remember vividly the first time I ever saw Uncle Bill on Firing Line (born Pearl Harbor Day, 1957). Keep up the great work (especially love Andrew McCarthy and Cameron Hilditch)!” We try, and it’s all the easier because you have our back.
- Francis drops a mighty $200 into the basket. Then she gives the down-and-dirty: “I am so grateful that National Review journalists can keep a level head and describe events with such clarity. Yes, they take a conservative view, but I don’t hear a vindictive, condescending or hysterical tone. The public NEEDS to be exposed to such solid rational. I read National Review from cover to cover and look forward to each issue. I pray that you will be able to keep up this necessary work.” Money . . . prayers . . . Francis, with friends like you, we will prevail!
These good people are now in our band of brothers and sisters, which is usually Saint Crispin’s gig, but he’s happy to let Patrick in on the glory. Join them, and us. If you can spare $10 or $50 or $100 or $200 or $1,000 and beyond, be assured your selflessness will matter greatly to the causes you wanted defended against the Wokia, the SJWs, the CRTers, and the entire stinking lot of crypto-socialists who are trying to strut their totalitarian stuff on Old Glory. Please donate here, and by check, if that’s your preference, make it payable to “National Review” and mail it to: National Review, ATTN: Webathon, 19 West 44th Street, Suite 1701, New York, N.Y., 10036. And do that with our immense gratitude.