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A Momentous Occasion

Early this morning, I received my first "hate" comment from someone. This particular reader took issue with a post I made back in April: http://www.robandkandis.com/rob/blog/2006/04/fool-me-once.html .

In that post, I initially commented on the conservative approach to attacking liberal viewpoints. It typically involves a personal attack that has little to do with the issues that our country faces. I also noted that liberals are often guilty of the same types of attacks towards conservatives, which I find equally shameful. It's this type of childish approach to debate that keeps us from having any meaningful discussions about the issues.

I welcome dissenting opinions here. I don't think one can have a blog and not expect to be challenged. In an ideal world, we would have an exchange of opposing, but debatable and intelligent ideas. We are far from ideal, however, and often, people let their emotions do the talking for them. Am I upset about be calling inbred? Initially, I was taken aback, but I'm not really upset about the name calling.

One could argue that my responding to that comment in a public manner means that I am upset. I am annoyed by the fact that my very first dissenting blog reader to make themselves known did not present anything beyond a personal attack. I would have really liked to engage in some kind of intelligent exchange of ideas.

All of this leads me to my final point. If you don't like what I have to say, please tell me so. If you can manage to refrain from personal attacks, that's even better. If not, I don't believe in censorship, so your comment will remain visible. I would like to see some valid points with your argument. That's really all I ask.

Thank you to everyone who stumbles on this blog, and to anyone who reads it regularly.

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