This post is in two parts. Both the title and the first section are from an email written by a used-to-be frequent reader. My response to him is the second section. As always, I would like to see what comments our other readers have to make on this subject.
Sorry about the subject line, but, unfortunately at this time, I have to say that to catch your attention. I know you guys have a desire to stay out of domestic politics, and I don’t blame you, but since the primary season started, I have not been reading your blog nearly as much as I used to. The reason that I have neglected you, and that is like neglecting a trusted friend, is that the USA is on the verge of becoming what we fear the most… The E.U. If this election goes the wrong way, we will be the Neville Chamberlains of the forthcoming Islamic Era.
Have you seen the antisemitic videos of Obama’s preacher? Have you heard the intentions of the Clinton’s to pursue diplomacy with Iran? Who knows what McCain will do to please the masses?
The battle lines will be redrawn if we don’t take care of what is about to happen to ourselves. It is time to think about fighting for ourselves, and let Europe defend itself, if it still can. If we fail, we won’t be there for Europe.
Thanks for all you guys do.
And here is my reply, pretty well as I sent it to him (of course I didn’t spell check my email, though I did so before posting!)
Actually, TH, when I saw your subject line, I thought maybe it was a spam telling us how to increase traffic. But, what the heck, I opened it anyway, just in case.
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As you can imagine, we get a number of emails about this.
We didn’t make the decision [to ignore the Presidential primaries] lightly, but I have yet to read one article, essay, post, or comment that has led me to change my mind. This is a sideshow and I simply can’t join it. The whole thing is obscene.
Yes, it does cause a loss in traffic, as your email attests. And a drop in traffic costs us money. But even that is not enough to make me swim in the sludge of the murky circus. Don’t you feel stained, or smudged, or in need of a bath when you’re done reading about those folks? How does the content of what they do differ from reading about the promiscuous personalities that are also under a 24/7 media magnifying glass?
When something is truly news in this campaign, I’ll be glad to write about it. So far, I haven’t seen anything, though.
And no matter how pedestrian the pettifogging becomes in October, I will begin to write about it then because it will be the right time to do so, even if the choices are nothing more than eenie, meenie, minie, or mo.
Thank you for writing. I mean that sincerely.
NOTE: I will add that TH’s email made me realize that everyone I do read, on the left or the right, seems to have the same apocalyptic mind-set as he. However, I think the larger issue the US faces is already a fait accompli. One can hope the devil is in the details, because that is all we can affect, i.e., the things at the margin.
What do our readers think?