from July, 2004
Every aspirant for the office of secretary of state has his or her detractors and admirers. Unfortunately, a considerable number of them write books. Seldom do we find a fair, measured, objective account of the strengths and weaknesses, the outstanding attributes and foibles, of the candidate under scrutiny.
Fortunately, The Arthur Unknown Story, by Ab Ennis, belongs in the latter category. The prose is lucid, simple, and elegant. The facts have been thoroughly researched. The aspirant for the highest cabinet post in the land, Arthur Unknown (c. 1938- ), was, in the interview conducted for this book by Mr. Ennis, the esteemed author and presidential candidate of the Dead Rights Party, accurate, unsentimental, and humble. What we have in this volume is, in a phrase, Pulitzer material.
As regular readers of this blog know, Mr. Unknown is a great-grandson of the celebrated Author Unknown, perhaps the most voluminously anthologized poet in the history of the secondary school textbook. Like his forebear, he has mastered an enormous variety of styles; also like the first Mr. Unknown, the quality of his literary output can best be described as “uneven.”
Little else is known about Arthur, as he is affectionately called by his cohorts. It is clear from his regular attendance at the Kachina Round Table, however, that he is alive. It is clear from his June 1 column that he has shown the wisdom and courage to endorse the presidential candidate of the Dead Rights Party, as well as the principles for which that candidate stands. It is clear from his silence on this point that he does not disparage the values for which America stands. Equally clear is that he comes from humble beginnings —he is, after all, the great-grandson of a famous poet, one of the lowest-ranking occupations in the U. S. of A.
What, then, the inquisitive voter may ask, qualifies Mr. Unknown for serious consideration for the office of secretary of state? What is his position on foreign policy? Would not the absence of a clear, concise, and compelling statement of fundamental principles of state disqualify him from consideration for this high office?
On the contrary. This writer would argue that it is precisely the mystery surrounding this patriotic American that is so appealing. Our numerous enemies and tepid friends would, in dealing with him, be confounded.
(Disclosure: this forthcoming book is currently in outline form.)
A must-read for every thoughtful American, living or dead.