Thursday, December 01, 2005

Lite blogging - argumentation fatigue

I've been light on the posting of late. I wish I could say it's because of the holidays or that I'm busy at work or whatever. Those issues exist, to be certain, but the real reason is that I've got argumentation fatigue. Any of you with small children know exactly what I mean. Try as hard as you like to reason with someone but if that person simply chooses to not care about rational argumentation, then you're as good as wasting your time.

Bush lied! The Rethuglicans stole the elections! Conservatives are only interested in creating a Christian theocracy! Republicans are at war with science! America is a fascist state! The US is the real cause of terrorism! Our troops are indistinguishable from the Nazis! Iraq's a quagmire! We can't win the so-called "war on terror"! The economy is crashing! Don't you dare question my patriotism! Bush lied! Bush LIED! BUSH LIED!

Ad nauseum. You can stack up reports that prove objectively and conclusively that these and the many other left-wing mantras are just so much dead-wrong bunk up to the rafters. It won't help. The people who are still spewing this utter nonsense simply do not wish to be rational and therein lies the problem of having a real debate with them. (Assuming they'd want one, regardless of their assertions that they do.) When you counter these wildly unsupported accusations with real data, true investigations that show these allegations to be flights of fancy they barely pause for breath and just start all over again. When you've made those counters a dozen times, you begin to wonder what the hell you're bothering for. That's where I've been these past few days. I've been inside the city limits of Tohellwithit, Virginia.

Of course, that's the tactic of the people with no real arguments to advance: attrition. In true Orwellian fashion they repeat the same fabrication time and time again, aggressively defending it as such an obvious truth that the only reason anyone would speak in opposition is to personally attack them, which they return in kind. As I was reminded by a reader this week, staying silent only yields more of the floor to them.

So, it's once more unto the breach, dear friends. And let's see if I can catch up.