March 22, 2010

Another rant?

...on Health Care? Oh, God save us all! *fire rains down from the heavens*

But, yeah, it's fun to talk on controversial issues. Regardless, though, I'm really only goaded on to action because somebody on an e-mail list I am a part of decided to grab for attention and make a drama moment by saying he congratulated Obama on passing health care. Now, normally I don't want to make a fallacy of relevance, but it would also be unfair to make the fallacy of sweeping generalization, wouldn't it?

This member of the list and some/most/many/a few/[ambiguous amount] of the members supporting him (that I know of -- it's a big number, so I won't make the fallacy of hasty generalization -- refer to ambiguous list of ambiguous amounts of ultimate ambiguity (of spamming the word "ambiguous" and all its known forms!)) are on some form of governmental support (wellfare, extended unemployment, blah, blah, blah...). Now, I could attack his actual argument, but that's no fun since I have so many talk show hosts whom I can cite for that, and that just makes me sound like a wacko conformist (refer to previous post). But let me make a non-argument...

...the people that congratulated Obama were already relying on government support.

Just a thought, I swear!

Not to sound like Glenn Beck, but that's just really, really weird, izzenit? Okay, now back to something that sounds remotely intelligent.

I really want to mention that almost every argument I hear from everybody (quite frequently including myself, most regretably) is based around [dramatic music] emotion. Interesting, huh? Yah i kno, rite? Roflololol soisoi (Ambrose will get that). Okay, but seriously now! In spite of the fact that universal rules are nigh-on impossible to make, it is really quite universal (moreso than most!) that emotional arguments that rely on the emotions for their strength are logically fallacious. Granted that in this day and age the one who wins is the one who talks loudest and longest...that aside!

Emotions are human.
Humans are flawed.
Emotions are flawed.

Syllogistical form -- expanding upon the first statement, I say emotions are "human" because there is the undeniable fact that certain emotions are entirley characteristic of human beings as well as the expression of them.

Okay, so I'm not increidbly logically superior, am I? Hypocritical as I am, I do hope my point is across. I also hope I brightened up your day with my pseudo-witty sarcasm.


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