Never a Compelling Argument
I’m left with the depressing conclusion that Brian Hull actually believes this:
To finish up, Whitehouse spoke about the apparent disconnect from reality that is exhibited by the Republican Party, whether it be about health care reform, or the climate bill, or same-sex marriage. Their strategy is to foment fear and worry by relying on propaganda and appeals to emotion, rather than reason, common sense, or reality.
The evidence for a fair play turnabout is too voluminous to make any choices. You want to talk propaganda related to gay rights? Shall we catalog the invariably positive presentation of gays in popular culture alongside the dark stupidity attributed to traditionalists? Or how about emotionalism? Look no further than Bob Kerr, today:
This is a governor denying homosexuals dignity in death, denying them the very human right to bring love and grief together in a final tribute. It’s cruel, heartless and despicable — not to mention predictable.
Agree or disagree (in any degree), it’s clear that Kerr is appealing, here, to emotion, not reason. Or how about fear mongering? Well, turn to the letters section:
I am despondent over the direction of this country. The Tea Party protesters, while by no means the majority, will terrify the ignorant, which in turn will intimidate our elected officials.
We are turning into Nazi Germany.
Clearly, neither side has the market cornered on reckless rhetoric and bad argumentation, but that’s the point: Whitehouse and Hull either believe or are cynically perpetuating a Mickey Mouse view of political reality: If only we could ignore those bad people, then goodness would shine through! Whatever you do, don’t be lured into believing that they might actually have honorable intentions and make a point or two worth considering.
It’s an understandable tendency, to be sure, but inasmuch as Whitehouse is a U.S. Senator and Hull is sitting in a quasi-significant seat in Rhode Island’s political scene, it threatens to continue to define civic discourse.