I’m honestly trying to become more ignorant of current events. This is to both minimize my anger and not take it out on readers.
And taking a break showed me why my rage is skyrocketing. There’s no relief valve for pressure because our government has no sympathetic characters. The Democratic Party is totalitarian. The Republican Party is mostly totalitarian, with a few–a very few–liberty-loving individuals…
…who are infuriatingly stupid. (The exceptions that prove the rule are Paul Ryan and Allen West. Marco Rubio, by briefly supporting SOPA, showed that he’s susceptible to the Beltway Bubble and will be cheerfully expanding government in a few short years.)
Ryan and West aren’t enragingly stupid. They’re just stupid. And by “stupid”, I mean in the pitifully small arena where I claim supremacy: logical debate. Detecting, exposing, and destroying fallacious arguments and self-contradictions.
That’s right. I am the Alex of Argumentation and you…my precious little devotchkas and malchicks…are my “droogs of debate”.
So who’s up for a bit of the ol’ rhetorical ultraviolence? Gooly to where the dratsing is…The Case of the Catholic Condom Controversy!
(Dropping the Nadsat now. Dobby?)
How do Obama and the HHS defend their attack on the 1st Amendment? “Women’s Health!” How do moron freedom fighters respond? By citing the First Amendment! Listen, beloved idiots: our enemies do not care about the 1st Amendment. Your first clue? THEY’RE WIPING THEIR BUTTS WITH IT.
You know who else I feel like, besides a ruthless sadist? Casey Stengel. Managing the brand-new NY Mets in 1962, he issued one of history’s most forlorn cries:
Can’t anybody here play this game?
Well? Can’t anybody here play this game? If there are any great debaters in the English tongue, they’re not making public appearances. Take Ann Coulter. When she’s not mesmerized by Mitt (“Hypno-Toad”) Romney, she’s one of the sharpest commenters out there. Yet even Ann is only half competent:
This isn’t a Catholic issue or even a religious issue. Conservatives are falling into the Democrats’ trap by denouncing it as such. It’s a freedom issue.
Ann sees and understands more than most while falling into the same exact trap. She either doesn’t know how to debate or, for some insane reason, refuses to do so. She fights like a duellist; parry, thrust, riposte. You can win that way…if your skill is superior…and you have honest opponents…and judges…and the rules are respected.
Is that the case here?
There is only one proper strategy for debate. Use it, and you will never lose. In fact you’ll find that intellectual combat goes something like this physical “fight”:
It’s not a perfect analogy, but it showed the appropriate ruthlessness. Because here is the Alpha and Omega of debate:
Beat your enemy to death with his own weapon.
Debate is judo, not swordplay.
(Tomorrow: we yank Kathleen Sebelius’s weapon away and beat her to death with it!)