By Erik Rush Posted: September 10, 2009 ~ 1:00 am Eastern © 2009 One of the most important things I learned years ago as a parent of young children is that you don't argue with them. You delineate boundaries, lay down the ground rules, then provide rewards and consequences. There are two reasons for this:
The irrationality of progressives' doctrine also precludes beneficial argument or debate. When another's principles are based upon fallacy and devoid of reason, when logic is convoluted and infinitely mutable, and all rhetorical and perceptual roads lead to a foregone, preferential conclusion, it is folly to engage that individual. In such cases, the flawed pretext of granting our errant fellows their fair and evenhanded due is recklessness. While individuals in accord with my thinking might enjoy what I articulate, and the open-minded may gain clarity from it, nothing I nor anyone else asserts is going to sway the dedicated progressives, socialists and Marxists against whom our nation now struggles. That sort of fundamental transformation of mind can only have its genesis in trauma or revelatory experience of a magnitude beyond human design, such as that which occasionally reforms a lifelong criminal or substance abuser. The core beliefs of these individuals are so deeply irrational and their devotion to same so perverse that it is difficult not to ascribe them to either psychological pathology (as does radio talk-show host and author Michael Savage) or demonic influence. Add to that the cultish dedication of President Obama's supporters, which remains truly disturbing. I've spoken with people who couldn't have cared less about any given president throughout their adult lives, but who lose their minds when someone makes a claim they consider unseemly pertaining to this president. [CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE COLUMN]
- You know better than they do.
- Their arguments are not rational.
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