Be calm in arguing, for fierceness makes error a fault and truth discourtesy. —George Herbert
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.–Mark Twain
I’ll sing like a bird.–John Dean
I’m all in favor of serious discussion that’s based on facts from reliable sources. Allusions, anecdotes, and sound bites? Not so much.–constituent comment on Tom Reed’s facebook page 12/11/18
Silly arguments in favor of a Southern border wall seen or heard on facebook:
- A country without a border is not a country!
- A wall will keep drugs out.
- A wall is the “proper tool for the job.”
- Opposition is “political.”
- Most Americans want it.
- GOP added seats in the Senate.
- A wall is like a front door.
- Obama did what he did, so Trump can have his wall.
- It needn’t be a concrete wall; it could be a steel wall.–Tom Reed
- No one really wants a long wall, so a short wall is a reasonable compromise.–Tom Reed
Silly arguments heard on TV news:
- Trump is a good President, so his crimes don’t matter. –Senator Hatch
- Cohen’s conviction has nothing to do with Russia, so it doesn’t matter.
- It’s all Cohen’s fault–as a lawyer he should have known better than to do as asked.
- Campaign finance violations, if any, are no big deal.
- The Logan Act has seldom if ever been enforced, so violations don’t matter.
- Campaign officials’ communications with the Russian government, if there were any, were all proper.
- If Congress should move to impeach, it would only reflect dirty politics rather than “dirty deeds.”
- What about Hillary Clinton?
Tom Reed’s view, that there is little substance to current political debates, which are no more than “political theater,” is fishy. Will we agree to spend billions based on political theater? If we do, it won’t be the first time.
Theater, along with other arts and sciences, might help guide us if is honest theater, more than allusions, anecdotes, and sound bites.