Congratulations on your efforts to educate the patient on the efficacy of the term “bigot.” He appears, finally, to appreciate that its use confers upon him the status of the aggrieved (and, thus, the moral high ground) in any debate. Indeed, where properly used, it forecloses debate altogether. A wonderful tool to advance radical or ridiculous propositions that otherwise could not survive even moderate scrutiny!
The patient may, from time to time, lose confidence in the term’s potency. He may even wish to engage his opponent (or the Enemy) in debate.
Do not despair. Simply remind him how effective closing off debate has been throughout history (Remember 1917? No, you are too young. Trust me, it was glorious). In so doing, however, take care that the patient not view his actions as similar to those of other patients from past — shall we say – challenging eras. This may produce in him a sense of shame or guilt, two utterly useless qualities. Gently remind him that debate is unnecessary because all right-thinking people (of which he is one) know the issue is settled and he is, after all, on the side of progress.
In my next letter, dear nephew, I shall endeavor to instruct on the proper use of the felicitous term, “discrimination.”
(apologies, once again, to Mr. Lewis)