Sunday, June 29, 2008

Over the transom

I almost didn't see the e-mail because it got directed to my spam filter. But there it was. It was a note from a local politician that I have written about in unflattering terms. The note was gracious - he wanted me to know that while he recognizes that we are on opposite sides politically, he has enjoyed reading my blog, especially the non-political stuff.

Since it was a private note, I'll not reveal the author. But it was a reminder of something that we all need to keep in mind; we should always be careful about how we discuss issues. It's pretty easy to get personal in politics, especially since politics is one of the most personality-driven things around. And the closer you get to where the action is politically, you can learn things about politicians that you might be able to use against them. But the focus should remain about issues and philosophy. I see a number of bloggers who are playing oppo wannabe games, trying to make a name, trying to spread dirt about candidates. I don't want to do that here.

And to the author of the note: thank you again for the kind words.

1 comment:

Night Writer said...

When I write a post or leave a comment I always try to remember that there's a real person on the other side of the monitor. I'm not always successful, but I try to pause before posting or sending anything inflammatory and try to picture that other person. That usually results in me changing my language and even refining my argument. I may not change anyone's mind, but I try to make my points logically and reasonably, using examples wherever possible (I may not "win" the person I'm writing to, but another reader that comes along may say, "Hmmm.")

Finally, the way I "keep score" is the first one in the argument to resort to swearing or ad hominem attacks - loses!