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Saturday, October 30, 2010

How Liberals Argue

It's very hard to debate with some people.  It's not always the point of winning the argument as much as it is presenting the facts that support your position.  When it comes to some topics, abortion, for example - you may never get a person to concede their point of view in light of statistics, facts, or information because the argument (IMHO) is extremely emotional and personal for some.

However, there are plenty of topics where a rational person, using logic and the evidence presented, will examine the facts and see they are are not in dispute, and formulate a reasonable conclusion.  Rational thinkers can be swayed if the facts support sound judgement.  Irrational thinkers will not move off their positions.  It's nearly impossible to argue with someone who is not concerned with facts, and I often find that this occurs with people who tend to be either extreme, or simply hell-bent on being right.

The political season affords Republican thinkers the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with  emotional Democrats and frankly, its like mixing oil and water.  The video below shows a very typical argument between a conservative and a liberal.  You would not believe from my own experience how precise this illustration really is.  I particularly like the part where the liberal becomes so frustrated that she resort to insults, name calling, and fiction to support her arguments. 
I tell my conservative friends all the time.  Do not bother arguing with liberals in a one on one scenario.  It is a waste of time and energy except when a neutral party is listening to you debate.  The only person you care about convincing that your positions are sound is the only the  person who you may have a chance to influence.

I laugh when people say Republicans and Democrats are largely the same.  That couldn't be farther from the truth.  Unfortunately, when it comes to results; spending federal money on frivolous nonsense, that has been known to be true. The lack of sticking to principle, is what lost Republicans control of the House of Representatives just a few years ago.  When you act against your own facts, you lose all ground to defend your arguments.

 But issue for issue, pound for pound, Republicans and Democrats are generally on completely opposite sides of the equation.  Of course, you can't always get some people to act the way they know they aught to because its easier to do what's expedient than to do what is right. But that's a different topic for another day.

Check out the video below.  Have you ever had a similar argument with a liberal?

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