REPLY TO AN ANGRY READER
By Andy Weddington
Saturday, 29 August 2020
Speak when angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. Ambrose Bierce
At the urging of others, I started this commentary 12 years ago and not before giving considerable thought to answering the simple question "Why?"
Guidelines, few and simple. First, six months trial. Second, not under the cover of anonymity. Third, civility a must; albeit pointed when necessary.
To that template, and nearly 1,200 published commentaries, I remain true.
Top left on my Commentary homepage is the following notice ...
"Comments welcome! Civility required - acerbic personal remarks and profanity not acceptable. Disagree? Then an intelligent counterpoint, on topic, not under the shell of anonymity required. Submissions in breach of good order will not be posted. Thank you."
Though I do not publish in breach of submissions to the specific commentary, comment received to yesterday's commentary - No Leadership and the New Chaos - is below offered and addressed.
From the angry reader ...
"Did you actually see the video footage with your eyeballs? Or base this post on Rand Paul's puss ass account of what happened, you old cracker? Reading your site helps me better understand the mind of a terrified old racist."
Dear angry reader ...
Reread the commentary. I wrote, "This morning I watched coverage of Senator Paul and his wife under attack, albeit surrounded by police, by a swelling mob determined to harm them."
The words, "I watched" means I saw the video footage with my eyeballs. So, to your question, I can only assume, 1.) You did not read the commentary; 2.) You cannot comprehend what you read (there are many wonderful, affordable, self-help books and online resources to address this deficiency).
Your second sentence, assuming I understand what you meant to ask, is grammatically incorrect. But I will only address as you crafted, that is, asking if I'm an "old cracker?" No. I'm a middle-aged, retired U.S. Marine; infantryman. Amongst my favorite crackers were those in the C-Rations can (now obsolete which I suppose qualifies me as "old" to some Marines).
Your final sentence struck me especially interesting. How long have you been reading this forum? Did you not read commentary published 05 June 2020 - Listen, Listen Closely.? For your ease of access, to address your "old racist" concerns ...
As to being "terrified" ...
Only of disappointing my parents; who raised me to treat everyone with dignity and respect regardless of differences; to stand up for myself and beliefs, no matter what; to recognize right from wrong and engage accordingly; to protect those unable to defend themselves; to at all times be a gentleman; and so much more.
To me, your submission reflects a frustrated soul. What a pity, as life is so brief. But thank you, sincerely, for reading and opining. I respond not to embarrass but further educate the public at-large. I wish you well. A prayer for you.
Last night before retiring I watched an interview with Senator Rand Paul and his wife. They were bewildered and angry and still shaken; especially Mrs. Paul. Of course.