The decline of debate

Framing the argument, hubris, emotion, … when there is no learning on either side of a debate it becomes an argument.

Every time I argue with a Liberal, I’m reminded of quarrels I used to have with my parents. The battles never seemed fair because my folks decided what the rules were and what was out of bounds. In addition, because they were parents, they could threaten me in ways I couldn’t threaten them, and they could say things I could never say. …

They tend to do things like accusing members of the Right of sowing the seeds of hatred while, at the same time, comparing them to mass murderers. And they do this while completely missing the irony.

The moral superiority they bring to the table allows them to alter the playing field and the rules in their favor. They can say and do things the other side can’t because, after all, they have the greater good on their side. …

I thought it insulting to hear those “red state” voters caricatured as red-necked rubes. My friend asked, “Well, don’t you think that people who live in large urban areas, who travel and read and speak other languages are better able to make informed choices?” It turns out it is superiority, not familiarity, which breeds contempt.

The rhetoric has become so super-heated that, sadly, I find myself having fewer and fewer political discussions these days. And while I miss the spirited give-and-take, when Supreme Court Justices become worse than Hitler and when those who vote a certain way do so because they’re idiots, it’s time to talk about the weather.

[Pat Sajak; Why I’ve Stopped Arguing with Liberals; Human Events Online; 28mr05]

We have a recent case that shows that this approach to differences of opinion is not restricted to the left. When the Limbaugh brothers, Hannity, Savage, Coulter et al climb into bed with Jackson you know that only time will tell. Jumping up and down and frothing at the mouth is no way to indicate an ability for reason to govern emotion. And what makes a human more than the ability to apply reason to govern instinct and emotion?

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