Monday, January 26, 2009

Criticism, Policy, and Intentions

I heartily enjoy pundits like Rush Limbaugh and all the sort who write for conservative news magazines and blogs, but sometimes they are far too guilty of Ad Hominem attacks.

Is suicide patriotic?

Cliff Thier
I am so excited that Nancy Pelosi (and economist George Stephanopoulo) understands the threat that people are to our way of life.

I look forward to Pelosi's opposition to increased immigration (legal and illegal), tax benefits for families with children, social security for selfish oldsters, and, most importantly, improved access to health care. It's time we confront the danger that population poses to our people.

With Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the Democratic Party in Congress, we can all sleep better at night. That is, so long as we don't close our eyes.

Attacking an argument or proposal or policy is not by any means inappropriate. Certainly, it is more than necessary to criticize and identify what's wrong. But acting as though the arguer is heartless, machine-minded Agent Smith of the Matrix is just not fair. The least we can say for our often misguided politicians is that they are mostly well-intentioned.

I can't deny what Jimmy Needham said: "Good intentions never set a man free." But it's not appropriate to compare elected officials to the utilitarian government of sci-fi movies like Soylent Green.

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