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Monday, June 07, 2004

Mailvox: fun with reading comprehension

JW writes in: You are wrong in so many ways! But let me just limit this posting to your use of the so-called "original intent" of the Founding Fathers as an argument against women's suffrage. The genius of the Fathers was not to bequeath us a granite monument with The Correct Answer for all time! Their genius was to leave us a living, breathing document that would live, grow and change according to the demands of democracy and conscience.

I will begin by admitting straight away that the Framers had no "original intent" to allow women to vote. In turn, YOU must admit that the Framers had no "original intent"to have the seat of government in Washington, DC. There was no "original intent" to have the President live in a building called the White House. There was no "original intent" to have an FBI. There was no "original intent" to have a CIA. There was no "original intent" to have NASA. There was no "original intent" to have the US AirForce. There was no "original intent" to have the US Marines. There was no "original intent"to have the Federal Reserve Bank. There was no "original intent" to have a Smithsonian. There was no "original intent" to free the slaves. There was no "original intent" for the Lousiana Purchase. There was no "original intent" for Texas statehood. There was no "original intent"for Alaskan statehood. There was no "original intent" for Hawaiian statehood. There was no "original intent" to have Thanksgiving. There was no "original intent" to have a national anthem. There was no "original intent" to have a Pledge of Allegiance.

I could go on and on, but these few examples alone reduce your tiresome argument to absurdity. You, and a few of your wacko friends may personally be opposed to female suffrage, but to attribute these warped sentiments to the Founders is completely bogus.


The wonders of the liberal mind never cease to entertain! The most amusing thing is that he doesn't seem to realize that I never once mentioned anything about "original intent" as an argument against women's suffrage. I only mentioned the Founding Fathers to illustrate why it is absurd to equate a lack of support for female voting with support for a hereditary monarchy as in Saudi Arabia.

My favorite part is when he concludes by stating that the Founders did not have the sentiments that he began by admitting they did, in fact, have. This is a lovely exhibit of how to argue like a liberal:

1. Fail to understand the point.
2. Latch onto a phrase the other person mentioned and make naked assertions derived from that.
3. Claim that this completely destroys the other person's argument, even if it has literally nothing to do with said argument.
4. Assert that you have plenty of other equally devastating responses, but you won't bother with them right now.
5. Conclude by contradicting yourself.
6. Walk away thinking you won.

Che bellissimo! Truly, a work of art.

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