Expand your horizons
By Roberta Shields
January 14, 2010
Now, now Ms Richardson aren't you being "judgmental"
regarding Mr. Borders and his hyperbole about his dog being a
democrat. His thoughts on the subject were actually quite amusing
and by the tone of your response must have hit a sensitive nerve.
Interestingly there have been other SITNEWS jousts resultant
of similar reactions such as yours -- as the time Al Johnson
pointed out how liberals/democrats instinctively resort to name
calling rather than an objective debate whenever challenged.
The way it works is, when someone says something you disagree
with, you simply cast out the old racist, sexist, blah blah blah
homophobe slur. That automatically creates the impression that
the individual is a Neanderthal. This neutralizes that person's
credibility and no further discussion is necessary or possible.
Isn't that the way it works Ms Richardson? Walla! No need for
any critical thinking. No debate, no challenge.
This technique is most effective in eliminating any possible
intellectual discourse that may lead to enlightenment when irrefutable
facts and data are disclosed.
By dismissing Mr. Borders as bigoted and intolerant it seems
to reflect that you are perhaps of that mentality. I mean if
you didn't have a closed mind wouldn't you at least be curious
what caused his line of thinking? I was always taught "Inquiring
minds want to know". Perhaps you feel at risk of finding
out that your way of thinking is erroneous?
Do you ever wonder why the popular culture encourages us to avoid
controversy at all costs? Why our language is being changed so
certain words and phrases are off limits? Why must we all speak
the politically correct language or Newspeak as in George Orwell's
1984 or else! I know. We must not hurt people's feelings. We
must have harmony (Kumbya) at all costs--even the cost of truth
I can find no hate or intolerance in Mr. Borders' comments. Only
a wicked (with a wink) challenge for someone to verbally spar
with him. Are you willing and able to pit your skills in logic,
reasoning and knowledge of certain self evident truths against
Try it for a change. It could "expand your horizons",
open your mind even!
About: " 68 year old lifetime
student of history and politics. 30 year resident of Ketchikan."
Received January 12, 2009 -
Published January 14, 2010
By Lou Ann Richardson
Dog's life By Don Borders
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