erik lundegaard

The Reverse Debate Idea

The [Bush] aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''

—from Ron Suskind's New York Times Magazine article, “Without a Doubt,” October 2004

So it goes. So it continues. We thought this was a Bush administration thing but it's obviously a Republican thing. One can see their entire strategy in the above quote. They lie about one thing until it gains traction in the mainstream media, until it becomes a talking point, until it begins to get refuted by responsible sources ... and then they'll lie about something else. The bigger the lie the better. Repeat the lie often enough and people believe it. The point isn't to debate, it's to distract. It's to misread and mislead. It's to accuse the oppositon of being like yourself so the opposition has trouble responding. Democrats are the ones who are fascistic, bullying, and fomenting a civil war? Maybe Dems should accuse Republicans of being vacillating and overly compromising. Maybe that way we can at least have a reverse debate.

Truly, there's such awfulness here, such mind-numbing goo, that anyone with a heart can't help but turn away in disgust. Which is also part of the gameplan.

The more I think about it, the more I like the reverse debate idea. The point of accusing someone of what they aren't is to make them more of what they are. To a fault. So you accuse compromising Dems of being fascists and Nazis, which makes them even more compromising. So you accuse uncompromising Republicans of being wishy-washy and vacillating—of being hippies, say—in order to make them even more uncompromising. It won't help us get anything done but at least it'll stick them through the looking glass for a while. For a change.


Posted at 02:39 PM on Sun. Aug 23, 2009 in category Politics  
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Reed wrote:

I'm reminded of those Buggs Bunny cartoons where he's passing a hand grenade or whatever back and forth with the baddie. He starts by saying "you take it" to which said baddie response, "no you take it!" This goes for a bit before Buggs starts saying "I want it" which gets the baddie to want it, too. Before long, they're fighting over who gets it and Buggs lets it blow up in the baddie's face.

So maybe the Dems solution is to get all racist and crazy, as you say. Then everyone will be fighting for logical truth and it can blow up in the face of those who are lying.
Comment posted on Mon. Aug 24, 2009 at 07:19 AM

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