Kudos to Don and Diana Thorn for presenting a cogent argument (whether I agree with it or not) for keeping the electoral college (“The electoral college matters,” Letters, Vol. 25, No. 41). But in their letter, the Thorns also reveal why they generate visceral, often negative responses to their letters. The Thorns seem unable to present an argument without passing judgment on liberals and progressives as uneducated socialists who threaten democracy. This does not get people to listen—it serves only to get a reaction.
It’s as if the Thorns have decided what life is all about and everyone else’s opinion or perspective (if it differs) is simply wrong. As a person who is aging, I’m learning from the Thorns that life is a very different experience when one decides to ask questions or to pass judgment first. One invites connection but requires an open mind, the other repels connection because it insists on an anchored mind.