Edelstein’s letter chose ridicule over debate

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” So said Saul Alinsky in Rules of Radicals. It is a lesson apparently not lost on Dan Edelstein, who lists himself as “founding member of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence” in his recent letter to the editor.

Mr. Edelstein attempts to rebut a letter from another reader, but resorts to ridicule by rhetorically asking the letter-writer, “What planet are you living on?” He asks, mockingly, “What has any public official done … to make you think …” And again “monkeys will sooner be flying out of the Capitol dome.”

He goes on to say to the letter-writer, “It’s clear that you don’t have much of a grasp of our Constitution or the legislative process.”

Mr. Edelstein then concludes, “So, contrary to your notions of constitutionality, sensible people would conclude …”

And there you have it. If you disagree with him, you are not sensible. That is the same contorted logic Mozilla used in forcing Brendan Eich out as its CEO.

I don’t know the original letter-writer whom Mr. Edelstein chose to ridicule. But as a reader of your fine paper I found Mr. Edelstein’s letter offensive. I was disappointed that your paper chose to publish such an ad hominem attack.

 

Frank Trotta
Cos Cob

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