s skippy the bush kangaroo: Seven kinds of idiot can be twenty kinds of right

skippy the bush kangaroo

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Seven kinds of idiot can be twenty kinds of right

I've been working on it, I swear, but it is very time-consuming working through a lengthy piece of legislation like HR 1628, with it's numerous terms, each of which must be understood in context, in order to get to the end with an understanding of what it means and what is right and wrong about it.  I ask your patience, since I am also trying to study for yet another professional certification and working at my job...and shoveling the mass of snow that was dumped around here in the past four days.  Thank goodness my wife and I are vegans or we wouldn't be in the kind of shape we are at our advanced ages and would have to hire someone to clear it, or buy a snow thrower, and that just adds to the carbon footprint.

But that's not what I wanted to talk about.  What I want to talk about is one of the ways the discourse has been, not so much cheapened, but diverted from reaching real answers.  I have done it too, and I am not proud of it. I get angry, you see, and that accounts for my failure.  That is still no excuse.  Still, I am not guilty of argumentum ad hominem when I say Wayne LaPierre is a worthless meatpuppet.  See, I say he is a worthless meatpuppet because of what he argues; I don't say what he argues is wrong because he is a worthless meatpuppet.  I say Rick Santorum is a fecal deposit on the porcelain of our political discourse because of what he says (which is generally a display of idiocy) not the other way around.

But the attacks on the young people at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School, the ones who lived at least, are pure ad hominem.  The story, rapidly discredited, was that they were "crisis actors" who travel to the sites of tragedies in order to peddle an ideology and, therefore, we shouldn't pay attention to what they say.  That is a very fine example of argumentum ad hominem.  I don't care if they are "crisis actors", which, again, was debunked quickly, because their arguments stand and fall on their own merits.

After all, Donald Trump is seven kinds of idiot, but it is his positions that are killing Americans and destroying the poor and middle class, not his personal repulsiveness.
posted by DBK at 11:48 AM |


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