Sunday, May 14, 2006

Constructive dialogue

Lynn and I always welcome inquiries and suggestions — which is why we publish our contact information — but we occasionally get e-mails that are not very helpful. For instance, today I received this e-mail message:
You should be pleased with your prostituted activities in attempting to destroy America. TRY A LITTLE TOLERANCE ; WIPE HATE FROM YOUR MIND.
The problem with such a message is its lack of specificity, as I explained in my reply:
Thank you so much for writing. Unfortunately, you failed to specify exactly how I am "attempting to destroy America." Nor did you specify how you had inferred that I was motivated by "hate." Thus, if you wished to engage in a discussion, I confess that I cannot imagine how to begin my response, given the lack of specificity I have noted.

Please write again, making reference to any evidence which you might adduce to support your charges.

Sincerely,
Robert Stacy McCain
Co-author (with Lynn Vincent) of
DONKEY CONS:
Sex, Crime & Corruption in the Democratic Party
If there is something you wish to discuss, please be specific. "Attempting to destroy America" is a tough job -- don't try it at home, kids, this man is a trained professional -- but mind-reading is beyond even my amazing abilities.

-- McCAIN

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