What are your most hated arguments when debating issues?
I often come across arguments that are gross generalizations, arguments that seem to pop up every single time someone runs out of reasonable arguments. Examples:
- WHAT ABOUT OUR FREEDOM, ISN'T THIS THE LAND OF THE FREE? - this will ALWAYS pop up.
- This happens to men too! Why aren't you talking about the men? What about the men? - mostly when talking about gender issues
- This is PC gone mad!
etc, etc. can you think of any others?
Well, what about the men? You know, we don't have it so easy either. Yet no one ever talks about our issues. It's always women this, women that...That was a joke.
For me it is global warming and climate change. And it crops up in lots of ways but one that really irritates me is the "my scientist is as good as your scientist" arguments, as if they were all the same. No, they're not. Just because some guy or gal calls themselves a scientist doesn't mean they know what they are talking about, actually are a scientist, have a decent education, work in the field, etc. For any group of professionals, people need to do at least some basic assessment of credibility.
The other science one I love is the "they're all just theories" argument as if a religious theory and a scientific theory were the same thing. Similar to the people who want to blur science and religion together. This one often goes something like this: science doesn't know everything, therefore what isn't known could be the truth, and then they make this giant leap to say that X religion must be just as possible.
I also love the reversal of reality arguments. These have come up a lot lately and basically are when someone will act as if not accepting their intolerance is somehow discriminatory against them. Like the Christian complaining about being persecuted because you have an issue with them attempting to deny homosexuals equal rights. They are the aggressor in denying rights, not the victim.
One of my absolute favorites is, "It's unconstitutional." What the heck do you mean. If a policy or law is enacted by a democratically elected body operating via the authority of the Constitution than that policy or law is by definition Constitutional. What people really mean by this is that it is unconstitutional according to what they think the Constitution should be which is just plain stupid.
This is American-centric by the way, I noticed you are in Brazil. I really hope to get down there some day.
I think anytime an argument is purely emotional or ideological without facts to substantiate the argument. You can't debate an idealogue because they don't want to see other perspectives, they want to be "right".
I also think that debates can sometimes be fruitful, but arguments never are. Once people start focusing more on defending their position than discussing their position, the opportunity for growth and learning is lost.
by SparklingJewel7 years ago
This link has good information on this subject. I haven't read it all yet. It is from a conservative news site.http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.vi … eId=106694
by IDONO4 years ago
Should issues be proven to be constitutional BEFORE they reach the voter ballot?It seems that the voice of the people don't mean much anymore. We vote yea or nay on issues, then many times the result is appealed as...
by Susan Reid6 years ago
Every day we hear from hubbers about how Obama is out to destroy the Constitution. Across this great nation there is a movement of very vocal, very serious "pro-contitutionalists."The Constitution is suddenly...
by Susan Reid6 years ago
For those of us who have been wondering what the heck Michele Bachmann is doing in the US Congress, we now have an answer!Her comment vis a vis yesterday's House repeal of the Health Care Law:Said Rep. Michele Bachmann...
by Peeples3 years ago
Can someone explain how it is constitutionally acceptable to have Sunday alcohol bans?I live in a state that still has Blue Laws and slowly more and more towns are getting rid of them, but some cities still have bans on...
by Demas W Jasper5 years ago
What are the important issues Obama and "Mr. X" should be debating in 2012?Let's get some Hubber input as to what the real issues are facing the United States in 2012. Let's see your Top 5-10, and see...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.