Letter To The Editor: Things Should Be Kept Civil

By A Concerned Citizen
Los Alamos

Mr. Antos,

A little congeniality goes a long way. One can certainly disagree without being disagreeable, and in doing so win the respect, if not agreement, of the opposing party. There is another, less visible aspect of this concept; When you are disagreeable, others may be more inclined to be disagreeable toward you. Calling (link and link) Ms. Schick (link) and Mr. Reilly (link) “thin-skinned” and “whiny” is childish and uncalled for. It would be like me calling you a pompous, xenophobic cry-baby: However accurate it may be, it is rude to just tell people the truth like that.

Do you not see the irony in your letter? How whiny liberals are and whatnot while being completely oblivious to the fact that you are whining about how Ms. Schick didn’t like what you said? If hypocritical garbage makes you want to retch, then how do you look at your own writings and do anything other than vomit?

Furthermore, along those same lines, what is to stop Mr. Reilly from saying, after you responded to his critique of his letter, “Allow me my constitutional right to free speech and just butt out!”? Do you get some sort of special right to speak in public without fear that somebody might voice their disagreement to it? You complain of safe spaces yet you appear to be demanding one yourself. Additionally, you said that if he didn’t like the reality of the situation, he should leave the country rather than complain. Does that not apply to you under President Obama? Should people have not told you to shut up and leave this country?

The truth is that only the government has to abide by your right to freedom of speech. Private individuals are under no obligation to put up with you. While you are correct in that you don’t have to abide by any social values, you do have to put up with the consequences of your actions. People are under no obligation to like, respect, or even care about you. You want to shout offensive things, be my guest. Just do not be surprised when people hate you for it.

Also, I find it troubling that you use the word “Muslim” as an insult, as though being Muslim somehow disqualifies somebody from being president. As per your suggestion that there were no conservatives protests after Obama’s election, I would like to remind you of the existence of the Tea Party. I also seem to remember a bunch of screaming about jobs from the conservatives. Are they whiny for that? Or do they get special privilege, too?

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