No response is indeed a legit response. To respond intelligently one must comprehend the question asked in its totality, study all its contours and frame a response within boundaries of the subject. Times do become tough. All news is not good news. How do we respond to bad news demonstrates what we are made of? A knee jerk reaction to bad news is of course personification of immaturity.
Power to respond is indeed power to choose and the power to change. Our response does affect the discourse irrespective of whether it can change its course or not. Our kids need to see us responding to haters or hyper negative people, and we need to be conscious that we are teaching how to respond to them.
Responding responsibly is a trait of winners, leaders and achievers. Our response does change us and shall always do.