– posted by thehim
Holy sweet Jesus, the nutty professor is having a five-alarm meltdown. This is fantastic.
The “mind” of a liberal blogger
By Mathew Manweller
There’s so much other shit I want to do this week, but I just can’t resist.
In the past few days, I have had the opportunity (or misfortune) to visit the sites of a few liberal blogs in Washington State.
I hope you enjoyed your visit, Mathew. I cleaned up the place just for you.
Although each site has its own “shtick” I was taken by how similar the argument styles are for each blogger.
The use of facts must have been disorienting for him.
It seems as if they have all taken some class on “blogger rebuttal” and now use it on their sites.
WhackyNation is required reading in Blogger Rebuttal 101.
I use the term “rebuttal” because I rarely came across any unique IDEAS on any of these blogs sites.
We don’t ideate enough.
Almost to the man, every one of these liberal bloggers limits themselves to challenging the ideas of other people, but appear to have no ability to craft original ideas of their own.
With all of the incredible stupidity that came down the pike last week, I was mostly limited by time.
My original point, however, is that they all engage in arguing in the same way.
Yes, we do. By relying on facts and logic.
They take the words of others, and then interject on a line-by-line basis, their responses.
So does Pudge. Who cares?
Sometimes their responses are relevant to the lines of text they have pulled out, but more often than not, they set up straw men, put words in the mouth of the author that were never made, go off on some tangent unrelated to the argument they can’t win, or simply call people names.
So how does Manweller demonstrate how us mean liberals set up straw men and put words in the mouth of the author that were never made? He ends the post by creating a fictional rebuttal from me and Gordy (?) to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, of course!
I’m sure they think this makes them look detailed, intelligent and witty.
Don’t forget clever.
In truth however, it makes them very myopic.
Interesting. I’ve now asked Dr. Manweller three times to point me to his defense of his ridiculous post from last week that he says I “don’t understand” and I still don’t see it. I guess I need glasses.
Often, they get so caught up in refuting some minor point that they completely lose sight of the big picture.
This was the comment I left at the last post, to which he has still not responded:
This makes absolutely no sense at all. Whether or not a bill passes has no relevance to whether or not the bill was smart or whether or not it will be effective. You’re making a gigantic assumption that just because the bill passed and that it had bi-partisan support that it’s not ideological. That’s a terrible assumption. And as I pointed out above, the war on drugs is a great demonstration of how that’s often been the case. Over the years there have been numerous bi-partisan bills passed that were extremely ideological and they’ve led to the disaster that we now have today.
That’s not a “minor point,” genius. The complete basis for your entire argument was absolutely wrong. Just because a bill passes does not mean that the bill is responsible, effective, or non-ideological.
It reminds me of the old adage “Can’t see the forest for the trees.”
It reminds me of the old adage, “Stupid is as stupid does.”
They get so flummoxed debating whether one tree is there or not, they forget, or are unable to see the huge forest they are standing in.
Except that in this case, you’re standing in a barren desert telling everyone there are trees around.
In the end, the back and forth that ensues on their sites ends up debating something completely unrelated to the original post.
Is there any way I can get Manweller to argue with Pudge over whether or not Pudge is a blogger?
All this got me thinking. How would a modern day liberal blogger respond to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address? Below, I have taken the liberty to play out the scenario.
I’ll stop here. No need to do the play-by-play on this legendary strawman exercise. I’m now completely floored at the lengths that Manweller is going solely to avoid having to provide a simple rebuttal to my last comment above. And yes, this man is a Professor of Political Science at Central Washington University. Holy. Fucking. Shit.