There are a few ideas that seem to be taking hold in the hearts and minds of the people of the United States. These ideas are powerful because they have the potential to completely change how our government works. Of course, the liberal elements of our society are deathly afraid of these ideas, and so they try to discredit them whenever they can. Since these ideas are based on logic and reason, their only options are to use logical fallacies to attack them.
The ideas that are creeping back into our society is that of individualism. The atomic element of our society is the individual. If the individual’s rights aren’t respected, then no one’s rights are. If the individual is not responsible, then no one is. You cannot have a free, independent, responsible society without free, independent, responsible individuals.
Evidence of this is found in our attitude towards charity. It used to be that government offered the individuals to handle charity on their behalf. The argument was basically, “We can do it better than you can alone, so let us do it in your behalf.” Today, we know what that has bought us: gross negligence, and even politicians who pretend to be noble while condemning the very people who fund their latest charitable government project. In fact, the money government has collected from us has gone toward the reelection campaigns of the politicians who promised to responsibly spend it. You don’t have to look very far for a politician who claims credit for the charity they are capable of doing because we willingly allow them to take our money.
Charity should be an individual expression of love between individuals. When a rich man stoops down to serve soup to the poor, a bond is formed. The rich man is humbled, and the poor man elevated. By creating an environment where different levels of our society interact, we bridge the social gap between rich and poor.
I have found in my own life when I give my own money to help the poor, that I am encouraged to make even more money so that I can help even more poor. I think charity is a more powerful motivator than greed. I imagine what good I could do if I could build a company that employs hundreds or thousands of people who would otherwise be unemployed, and I am much more motivated than I would be if I could afford a larger house, a faster car, or a bigger TV.
I will eagerly work for the day when every individual in our society knows that if they do not give, then it will not be given. I await for the day when people are motivated to work harder and harder, not so much to supply their own needs, but to ensure the needs of others are all met.
Another instance is the individual’s attitudes towards government insurance or pension programs, namely Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security. These are programs that were and always have been, and forever will be, a Ponzi Scheme. In truth, these are programs that were used to quietly collect even more tax money from the people of America. The idea was that the people were paying into a retirement account. The truth is that they would have been better off spending the money for themselves, or saving it in a bank.
My generation’s attitude towards these programs is that they will not exist when we retire, and we’d rather not continue the fraud. At some point, these programs must be phased out. Of course, we don’t want to hurt granny, and so we are more than willing to pay for granny’s mistake in trusting these government programs, but we do not want these programs to be available for us or our children.
The biggest fraud of all is the government budget. There are countless trillions we are spending that need not be spent. I am among the conservatives who feel like our national defense budget is too large, but that everything else is extremely bloated. I believe that the American citizen is not free until the national debt is eliminated and the federal government’s budget is counted in the millions, not trillions. While I do not believe we should embrace isolationism, I don’t think that we need to be the only military power in the world. Let the peaceful countries of the world maintain a military proportional to their needs, and let us form partnerships to keep the shipping lanes open and the borders free for trade among all nations.
But the spending on things that are not explicitly listed in Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution must end. Even if something is found in Article 1 Section 8, let us debate carefully and thoughtfully whether spending that money would be a net benefit to our society as a whole, and only spend on those things that are obviously of great benefit.
The Leftist’s arguments against these items is vacuous. They engage in all sorts of logical fallacies to try and convince you that these are not intelligent ideas. Let’s review some of them.
First, there’s the ad hominem. This is when the person making the argument becomes the object of discussion. For instance, to attack Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan because of the things he has done in the past. Whether or not Herman Cain is a womanizer has nothing to do with whether or not the 9-9-9 plan would be a good idea. It has everything to do with the fact that the leftist can’t build a sound argument against the 9-9-9 plan.
Next, we see ad populum, where the argument is that “everyone is doing it.” This is an absurd argument because, as we were lead to believe, “Everyone once thought the earth was flat.” and “Everyone thought the sun went around the earth.” There are things today that “everyone” believes that are simply not true, and no amount of appealing to popular opinion will change that.
Of course, there’s the chewbacca defense. This is an argument that is sneaky yet surprisingly effective. It comes from an old South Park episode where a lawyer tries to defend his client by talking about how absurd Chewbacca, a character from the Star Wars series, is! You can detect this argument when the leftist tries to talk about something completely unrelated. For instance, you might point out that the deficit under Obama is worse than any other president, and he leftist will come back with something about abortion rights, or Michelle Bachmann’s crazy beliefs.
These are only a few of the arguments I have seen used. You can identify many more if you pay careful attention.
Most of these arguments are easy to defeat. All you have to do is point our how you must be right, because your opponent cannot put together a reasonable argument, or how your opponent reverts to the basest of attacks when faced with a challenge.