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  •  Some voices are more valid than others (3+ / 0-)
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    tobendaro, JekyllnHyde, Sandino

    People who can't back up their views with evidence and logic don't deserve to have their views considered valid.

    One reason our society is in the shape it's in now is because of the affirmative-action program for conservatives that our media has been running since at least Ronald Reagan won his first term in office.

    Conservatives can say pretty much whatever they want and have their views presented as equal to liberal views even though the vast majority of the time they can't present empirical evidence to support their views and liberals can.

    If life were simply a show of Crossfire, that would be fine. But it's not. The consequence of allowing views based on illogical thought at best and lies at worse to be considered valid is that policies based on those views get put into place and, not surprisingly, turn out to be as horrid as the views are.

    The result of this in the area of gun control was on display in Connecticut on Friday. Automatic and semi-automatic weapons serve one purpose and one purpose only; efficiently killing as many people as possible as quickly as possible. They belong only in the hands of our military. When they are widely owned by the population at large, massacres are the inevitable result.

    •  Don't forget that some people here (1+ / 0-)
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      and IRL, for that matter, have really big hearts and maybe not the kind of education that others have been privileged to receive. I have to remind myself of that constantly; a person who seems to be spouting nonsense may not be aware of the usual conventions of argument but making an attempt in good faith. Furthermore, we are all strong on some subjects and weaker on others; does that mean we can't have an opinion on all of them? None of us has absolute knowledge, but we try and sometimes we change our minds.

      Stay fired up: now is the time to focus on downticket change! #Forward

      by emidesu on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 07:01:15 PM PST

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