Insults won’t win arguments

March 1, 2019

While reading “The socialist bogeyman,” a rather lengthy contribution on the Feb. 24 Opinion page, I found in the second sentence, “Trump and most of his followers do not read, so they are weak ....” blah, blah, blah. That is exactly the point where I stopped reading the writer’s contribution. The second sentence!

The writer — and possibly others — will perhaps interpret my action as some vindication, perverse though it would be, vis-a-vis the writer’s personal insult.

I, on the other hand, offer that there just may be some lesson here for those who may assume they can win people over to their way of thinking by first insulting them. Of course, if they seek only to insult the reader, they can follow the writer’s example.

Timothy Bishop