Comment: "but it was pretty tepid"

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"but it was pretty tepid"

Yes, but you write for the audience. If you start off talking to the average person about the possibility of our government behaving like Soviet Russia and slaughtering its own people en masse, you're simply going to be dismissed as a nut, end of story. Better to take a more "tepid" approach so that people actually listen to what you're saying.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."