A Friend of Mine Wrote a Letter…


A friend of mine wrote a letter to a DJ at a local college radio station — WWUH, in West Hartford, Connecticut. The DJ’s name is Ed McKeon, and, like so many DJ’s at local college stations, he’s a flaming, hardcore, batty leftist, prone to saying a bunch of leftist twaddle while spinning his records.

One day, just before the last election, the aforementioned McKeon said something like the following (this is a paraphrase, but it’s accurate):

I don’t want to tell you how to vote, only that you should vote, and when you do you should vote for compassion, fairness, kindness, and most of all love. And I can tell you one thing: none of those things begins with the letter “R.”

Get it? The “R” stands for, of course: “Republican.”

So, here’s this Ed McKeon telling anyone listening to his show, essentially: I don’t want to tell you how to vote, but vote Democrat, because Republicans are incapable of compassion, fairness, kindness, or love

Now, I happen to know a little bit about my friend. He’s my friend after all. He’s a single daddy who raised his two kids by himself. He’s a devoted, involved, active, loving father, who’d do anything for his children. His two children are now young adults, and are two of the finest young adults you could ever meet. They’re living, breathing testimony not only to their own good choices, but to the upbringing that my friend gave them, that helped them to make those good choices.

I also know that my friend is generous. Very generous. He’s given away far more — in real, tangible wealth — than he currently has. And since he’s been doing that, his financial fortunes have only improved, so you can just guess how much he’s just given away to others. To family, friends, strangers, the needy… and always in such a way as to improve a person’s life, not just give him money.

My friend has given away his wealth without regard for a person’s race, religion, sexual preference or anything else. With him, it’s simple: If someone needs something, and he has it to give — be it time, talent or treasure — he gives it. He doesn’t ask any questions, he just does it. Period. And he never tells anyone. I know these things only because those to whom he’s been so generous have told me. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure that my friend doesn’t even know that I know. No more. He’ll read this after I post it,(1) and he’ll know.

My friend is one of the most mild-mannered people around. He has very, very strong opinions, based on an encyclopedic knowledge of current events, and he has no qualms about mixing it up with online adversaries, but he never holds a grudge, and he never, ever harbors any animosity toward anyone with whom he’s interacted online. He sums it up this way: “I don’t have nearly enough to go on to like or dislike anyone I meet online.” Short and sweet. If pressed, he’ll elaborate a bit: “I don’t really know these people, I know only what I read online, and that’s a woefully incomplete view into someone’s life; not nearly enough to draw any hard and fast conclusions.” Yep. He really talks that way. He might be the nicest, most patient, most tolerant person I know.

He’s also a Conservative Republican. And a Christian. And a white guy. He’s one of those whom the media, Hollywood, pop culture, academia and the rest of the flotsam and jetsam of the Left most love to hate. This astonishingly nice, generous, pleasant man is one whom the “woke” consider the focus of evil in the land today.

He’s one of those people to whom the Left sneeringly refer as the “Religious Right.” He chuckles about that. He responds, laughingly: “They think we hate to be called that, but they kind of got it right: We’re religious and we’re right.”

Well, the above quote from DJ Ed McKeon at WWUH radio — about the compassion, kindness, fairness and love — actually got under the skin of this nicest man you might ever meet, and he wrote a letter to McKeon.

He showed it to me, and it’s a good’un. I’m reproducing it here with his permission:


Beginning of my friend’s letter to Ed McKeon at WWUH:

Mr. McKeon: this is just a quick note to express my displeasure with something you said recently.

First, a little background: I like your morning show, and often tune you in on the way to work. I think you have the Wednesday morning slot? Something like that. So, I listen to you when I’ve had enough of the tendentious slop of Morning Edition on NPR.

Now, I know that you’re to the left even of NPR, and I don’t mind that at all, but you said something several mornings ago that was so outrageous, so ridiculous, so irresponsible, and so harmful, that I needed to take this time to call you on it.

You launched into a mini jeremiad in which you insisted that you didn’t want to tell people how to vote, but that they should vote. Then you continued by saying that everyone should “vote for” a bunch of things that were all wonderful, abstract ideas – things like compassion, kindness, fairness and the like. You finished your list with “love.”

Then you said something so jaw-droppingly stupid, so slack-jawed idiotic, so mind-bogglingly moronic – and so typical of the Left today — that I had to take up metaphorical pen and write to you: You said: “None of those things begins with the letter ‘R.’” I took that to mean that we as voters should believe – as you apparently do – that any Republican candidates for office are inhuman beasts incapable of compassion, kindness, fairness, or, topping it all off – love. Needless to say, you implied, anyone who would vote for such heartless troglodytes is, by extension, the same kind of mindless brute.

Being a Republican, and a Conservative one at that, I wanted to say some bad words to the radio, and to the suppositious nitwittery I’d just heard coming from it, but I figured that wouldn’t have much effect. Maybe communicating with the guy who’d just said such a bastardly thing would.

I’ve been in the world of Republican and Democrat politics for decades, and I’ve long decided that the best policy prescriptions come from Republicans. Not perfect policy prescriptions, mind you, just the best. And, in fact, the most compassionate, the kindest, the  fairest and the most loving ones. Furthermore, we on the Right know that we have no monopoly on the truth. We know that there is a vital place in America for an intelligent, rational, informed opposition to our ideas. An opposition that forces us to hone our ideas and thinking, to get rid of the weak and ineffective and replace it with the strong and substantive. But, there is no such opposition from the Left; only people who call us names, and broadcast trumpery like what you did last week. Yet, you know what? I’m just like every Republican I’ve ever spoken with: our dearest wish, if we could have it, would be that every man woman and child – no exceptions – could live a long, happy, healthy, peaceful, prosperous life, filled with love, laughter, joy, fulfillment and richness beyond his or her wildest dreams.

Now, realizing that such a place just isn’t in the cards at the moment, what are the best possible policies to allow the most people possible to attain that dream?

How unfair does that sound? How is any of that short of compassion? How are such thoughts unkind? And, finally, how are those thoughts lacking in… love? I’ve never heard in all my nearly 62 years a single Republican suggest that he or she believes anything even slightly different from that. Yet, I’m one of those dastards you said couldn’t possess any compassion, fairness, kindness, or… love.

As for love, I’m a single daddy who raised two children to adulthood by himself. Go ahead, you ask them if I’m incapable of love. I dare you.

Look: I don’t care in the slightest that you support voting for Democrats in the upcoming election, but you slandered – yes slandered – in public, for the ears of thousands, more than half the American population. You slandered many of my good friends, who are fine, deeply loving, generous, kind family men and women. You slandered hundreds of thousands of young men who gave up their lives so you could have the freedom to slander them.  All of whom, I might add, allowed you to slander them with probably this letter being the strongest pushback you’ve received from it. (I admit I don’t know what other pushback you might have received. 😊 )

We’re Republicans, and nearly all of us have but one thought in mind, when it comes to politics and governing: How can we help to bring about the greatest, freest, kindest, most generous, most prosperous, most opportunity-laden country that’s ever been?

Yet, you called us nothing but cruel, ravening beasts, bereft of compassion, kindness and… love — and you should be ashamed of yourself.

There are only two possible reasons you would say such a dumba** thing: (1) You’re ignorant. Or, if you’re not ignorant, then (2) you’re a bad person, who’s perfectly willing to slander millions, while knowing full well that what you say is untrue, unjust… false. Your cruel assertion by itself was self-disqualifying. Anyone who actually believes such insipid codswallop should be disqualified from speaking on the topic because he obviously has no idea what he’s talking about.

I honestly hope you’re just ignorant.

On the other hand, I believe that the policies most frequently promulgated by Democrats have done nothing good for people, but have, in fact harmed them.

  • Item: Large cities have been owned, lock, stock and barrel – for generations – by the Democrat Party, and they’re killing fields today. They’re often killing fields for young black men. Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit… all have vast tracts of land where, no matter who you are, you take your life in your hands if you walk through them. Is that what you mean by “compassion?” By “kindness?” By “love?”
  • Item: There’s a perfectly legitimate case to be made that the policies of the Democrats have locked tens of millions of poor Americans into their poverty, by regulating away economic opportunity and mobility, and by making it more financially logical to stay on the dole than to acquire the skills necessary to obtain gainful employment. Is this what you mean by “compassion?” By “kindness?” Locking people into squalor?
  • Item: There’s a perfectly legitimate case to be made that Democrat Party policies have all but destroyed the traditional family. Love, hate or indifferent about that concept as you may be, the traditional family was – and still is – tied directly to the financial prosperity of children. And its destruction is tied directly to crime, incarceration and poverty. Is that what you mean by compassion? Is that kindness? Is that fair? Did you ever think that if you were going to destroy the family, then you had an overwhelming responsibility to replace it with something better? Do you seriously think that what we have now is better? Is that your idea of “compassion?” Of “kindness?” Of “fairness?” Of “love?”
  • Item: No one has proven to anyone – scientifically – that a developing embryo or fetus is definitively not a human life (It’s human, and it’s life, but not a human life? Seriously?) yet you on the Left have taken the leap of faith that “it’s” not, and you’ve supported the killing of tens of millions of them. What if you’re wrong? Is snuffing out the lives of tens of millions of the most innocent of victims what you call “compassion?” Really? Is that really “kindness?” Is that “fair?” Is our desire, as Republicans, to stop harming people lacking in compassion, in kindness, in fairness… somehow lacking in love?

Yet, with all that, I don’t pretend — and never have pretended, or said – that Democrats are incapable of any of your list of fine things. And, frankly, none of us Republicans say that. Why? Simple: we don’t believe you’re all beasts, despite the harm you do with your ideas. We simply believe that you’re wrong. And: You get to be wrong, without being a bad person. Yet, I hear slanders such as yours all the time. It’s kind of a default on the Left, and it’s a horrible, ugly way to be, and people who do and say such things should be deeply ashamed.

Please don’t send me a little thing suggesting that “you’re sorry if what you said might have caused me pain,” or the like, because it didn’t. Other than a little annoyance at your wasting everyone’s time with half-witted political twaddle, when you could have been playing music. What you said didn’t make me take offense. What you said was flat-out wrong, and slanderous. And, please don’t engage in any silly what-aboutism. Regardless of the behavior, or behaviors, of anyone else, what you said was inexcusable. Not unforgiveable, inexcusable. No deflections, please, simply own up to it, own it, and do the right thing.

What you need to do – what you should do to assuage a conscience that should be whacking you upside the head – is this: Next time you come on the air, you should say something like this: “Last week on this show I implied  that Republicans, and people who vote for Republicans, are actually bad people. I was wrong. I simply disagree with the policy proposals the GOP has put forward, as well as with what I perceive is the Republican philosophy of governance. I stress that these are only differences of opinion regarding public policy. In no way do these differences in thinking mean that Republicans, or their voters, are bad people. I further recognize that people of good faith — good people — can disagree with me, and with what I believe, without being bad  people. In saying what I said last week, I recognize that I became part of a much larger problem in America today: the lack of civility and politeness between people who disagree about politics. I very much regret that I allowed myself to do that. What I did was irresponsible, because I have access to the ears of thousands of people, and what I said might have influenced many people to have unfair, incorrect opinions of people around them merely because of my disagreement with their political opinions. I regret this sincerely.”

Look, I imagine you’re most likely a pleasant, well-intentioned fellow, if prone to saying occasionally gully-whumpingly stoooopid things. Things like what you said several days ago. Furthermore, everyone should have a second, third, fourth, etc. chance. It’s impossible to offend me, so I don’t need a reply from this missive. You, however, do owe people like me a big apology. Something like what I penned above that covers all those points, but uses your own words. You don’t owe it  to them, for them… you owe it to them for yourself. To make up for a big wrong that you committed.

This little communication, and your reaction to it, are a test of your integrity as a person. You said a horrible, wrong thing about millions of people who are absolutely innocent of the slander that you did. What, if anything, will you do about that now? Frankly, I expect the logical equivalent of “tl;dr,” and that, by itself, is part of the problem too. But, until then, I hold out the hope that you will recognize your responsibility, that you will do the right thing, that you will make right the wrong that you did.

Best regards,

[My friend’s name here]

End of my friend’s letter to Ed McKeon at WWUH


There were a lot of really good lines in there. You’ll note that my friend told Ed McKeon that he didn’t need to reply, but that he could. The letter did say that McKeon’s reaction would be an indicator of his quality and character as a man.

By the by: Yes, if you say something to thousands of people that harms, by slander, millions of other people, you do have a sacred responsibility to right that wrong.

Ed McKeon’s response to my friend’s letter was… silence. So far.

This is now three months later, and my friend said that he figures there’ll be no response coming from McKeon, so he gave me permission to release his pre-election letter.

Between you, me and the fence post, I’m betting that this McKeon dude is just another brainless, left-wing Connecticut clodpole, who has neither the character nor the intelligence to write back to my friend.

However, I’ve contacted some of the donors to the University of Hartford — the college from which the radio station broadcasts — and asked them what they think of this. Several of them have indicated that they’ll withdraw their annual contributions, and at least two of them have told me that they’re considering changing their wills, in which the college figured to receive quite a bit of money.(2)

You can do something that has important positive results, when irresponsible half-wits broadcast harmful, slanderous garbage to thousands of people. You just have to make the effort. You can’t let such poison pass by unanswered. To paraphrase a common phrase out and about today: Hear something? Say something!

We did, and it might cost the University of Hartford millions of dollars.

— xPraetorius

Notes:


(1) He’s also a regular contributor to our NPR Watch feature, as the contents of his letter hint.

(2) Interestingly, this radio station broadcasts a whole lot of leftist flapdoodle that makes Ed McKeon’s half-wittery pale by comparison! Whacked-out conspiracy-theory nut jobs — on the political Left, of course — produce some of the most laughable buffoonery and codswallop imaginable! These donors were unaware of this as well.

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