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Yesterday I wrote to you about the death of Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC), the man whose change of heart on the Iraq war was so sincere, and accompanied by such an amendment of life, that it impressed even me.
Ron Paul devoted an episode of the Ron Paul Liberty Report to honoring Jones’s memory.
One of my subscribers, however, wrote to scold me: how dare I honor someone who had ever, at any time, supported war.
I thought: I haven’t exactly kept secret my own neocon ways from the early 1990s, including my support for the Persian Gulf War of 1991. So I wrote to him.
He responded that he would need to unsubscribe from my newsletter and stop listening to my podcast. Because I favored a war 28 years ago.
This is the actual correspondence:
This was the point at which I was presumably expected to beg him to stay, etc. Instead, I wrote:
Oh, he didn’t like that. That’s not how this was supposed to go!
“Good riddance,” he says.
He proceeds to email me three more times.
Here’s a lesson I learned from the great Ben Settle: neediness kills you in all areas of life. Don’t be needy.
Don’t go groveling to get that guy back.
Put yourself in a position where you don’t have to reduce yourself to that.
And you know what? It’s you good folks, with your much-appreciated support, who have made that possible.
If unlike this fellow you appreciate and enjoy all this content I churn out, I’d love to welcome you to my elite group, where the best people in the world are to be found: