Should OYE Leave Oberlin Alone?
I'm starting to reconsider my invitation to Mr. Jonathan Bruno, President of the Oberlin College Republicans, to consider military service. While hate mail is far outside the positive spirit of Operation Yellow Elephant, I think that, in truth, Mr. Bruno really can't handle candid comments from the blogosphere, and I'm not certain he'll be able to hack it in basic training, much less on the ground in Iraq. Maybe he should just stick to care packages.
Please check out the 13th and 14th comments on the original posting, written by military veterans, and see for yourself. I don't think there's anything really beyond the pale, especially considering each comment as a whole; what do you think? I forwarded them to Mr. Bruno to consider responding in the comments. Here's what I got back:
Dear Mr. Olson,
Thank you for alerting me to these comments. While I am grateful for the military service of the two commentators whose messages you forwarded, I was again disappointed to see that they both relied on personal insults to express their views. "Mat" [Comment 13 07:53 a.m.] calls the members of our student organization "loudmouth assholes," and "Anonymous" [Comment 14 10:20 a.m.] makes reference to "[JB's] cowardly ass."
I have never stooped to this degenerate level of public discourse in my life, and I am not about to start now. I refuse to engage in a shouting match and to start mudslinging with your commentators: the fact is, such postings (because of their incivility and their reliance on childish insults) don't merit serious debate. When one of OYE's commentators has a thoughtful response to my message that leaves out the acrimony and personal attacks, then I will give it the consideration it deserves.
Question: Am I wrong here, or is he demonstrating unrealistic sensitivity?