I wanted to take a moment to consider Michelle’s visit to Obama Conspiracy Theories yesterday.
For whatever reason, the amount of critical discussion here is not large, and what there is has been reasonably respectful. We agree to disagree and at least communicate some.
Michelle was more aggressive than what we’re “used to”. I spend hundreds of hours on this blog, reading obscure texts, searching for facts and sources. It really raises the hackles on my back when someone describes the content here as “cut and pasted” because indeed most of the content here is actually original. And I got called an “idiot” with half done research by someone who refused to offer anything in the way of facts or evidence.
It all seemed grossly unfair. But here’s the rub…
Michelle kept saying that “her” source, this professor Chin, proved her case and demolished mine. My error (one I have made before) was to assume she had some nut-case fringe source, and I didn’t bother to try to find it. It turns out that Chin was not a nut-case fringe source, but rather a very reasonable and competent source that agreed with me (and the law review articles I link to here) that anyone born in the United States (except for the children of ambassadors) are “natural born citizens”.
I think a much better strategy when I get a belligerent visitor with rampantly unfair remarks, is:
- Do not respond immediately in the heat of indignation
- Treat what argument and sources provided seriously and provide a thoughtful response
- Refuse to waste time on comments without sources. Simply ask for a couple of details of evidence
- Keep in mind that the purpose of this blog is for everyone to have a chance to learn something, not to win or run off folks who disagree.