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Submitted by Ray Exley (United States), Jul 25, 2016 at 21:37

Dear Dr. Pipes,

I hope this note finds you well. In the past, I have written to you many times and you answered some, but I stopped when you wrote that I was too critical of your positions. I found that strange, because I nearly always supported your positions, my comments were usually intended to strengthen your positions, not weaken or debase them.

I found it strange the difference between my attempts at constructive comments, and you finding my comments as unwarranted and nonconstructive criticism as I thought what I was doing was very clear, but obviously it was not, at least not to you.

Now, after reading your comments about your Criticisms of Trump, as reasons for breaking with the Republican party, I better understand your prior comments. And, these comments are intended as constructive, not as an attack on you and your views. I suspect that you have a problem which many very intelligent people have, which is you are a little to rigid in your interpretation of what is being said and what is going on, because you are so smart your interpretation is literal, and there is no room for the flexibility which should be applied to the comments of people who are not as smart as you are. And, that is the type of person to whom Trump is currently appealing, so his comments are vague, often contradictory, often confusing, because that is what sells to the general populace, most of whom are not nearly as intelligent, or well educated as you are.

But, that confusion should not apply to Hillary, who is obviously a crook, liar etc etc. And, I don't understand why you can not see that failing to support Trump helps Hillary, and she is and will be much worse than trump by every standard important to you. But, you seem to allow her the benefit of doubt, despite her proven track record of corruption, while you over react to campaign retoric from Trump.

And, again I do not understand your positions,

Yours
Ray Exley

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Here is an explanation of my views: http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2016/07/blowback-from-criticizing-trump#tactics

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