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Why do people resort to name-calling when making a political argument?


I find this behavior highly offensive and have to stop myself from responding with the same tone of the original poster. I've always believed that people use name-calling as an argument when they cannot support their point of view and wish only to intimidate their opponents. Thoughts?

 

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Nicole Paschal (Vega Vallari) says

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    Ralph Deeds 3 years ago

    This is nothing new. Here's Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde:

    Lapham's Quarterly

    "The limpid and spiritless vacuity of this intellectual jellyfish is in ludicrous contrast with the rude but robust mental activities that he came to quicken and inspire. N

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    Becki Rizzuti (Everyday Miracles) 3 years ago

    I'm talking about when framing the argument in the first place, not once the argument becomes heated. A different situation. I understand frustration: Blind attacks I do not.


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    Larry Wall 3 years ago

    I agree the emotional part of your brain acts quicker, but as individuals, we have to learn to curb our emotions & not always say the first thing that comes into their head. Many careers, political and private sector, have been lost because of th

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    billys1 15 months ago

    To some it may be an effective way of making a point but to me it is nothing short of political murder for them. I turn off to them. I stop listening and seek someone that is making sense without resorting to using this tactic.

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    Jennifer Snelling 7 days ago

    Or, if profanity is involved, they have a limited vocabulary and portrays a justification of why they should express themselves in such a vulgar manner.

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