Over the course of the last month and a half I have seen the lines between liberals and conservatives definitively drawn in the sand here in WI. It has been “pick a side day” ever since the public unions got anyone missing grey matter to march down to Madison and scream to no one listening that they can’t grasp the concept.
This has led to many more people openly debating politics, something I really love. And thanks to FaceBook I have been able to do this more frequently with my liberal friends. This has led me to learn about the 3-Point Liberal Debate Technique.
When a liberal argues with you they must first qualify you to be worth their time in the first place. College educated, minority and NPR listeners get top billing. White, male & the words “tea” came out of your mouth at one time when you were seven years of age is automatic disqualification. Don’t even mention FOX News to them or any conservative radio host as you will be dismissed as ignorant and rural. If the liberal chooses to give you some of their precious time they will next try to dismiss your facts. Understand that facts and logic have no place in a liberal argument. Facts are scary, and because they are truth in its purest form they have immense disdain for them. Logic too – as 1+1=2 is does not compute in the liberal brain. Your common liberal only will use ‘facts’ they gather from other liberals.
Once all facts have been laid out and all logic has been exhausted in trying to get the liberal to see the forest through the trees the liberal will know they are beat. So they must move the debate into it’s next form, which is the attack. This is where the liberal will now ignore any conversation you just had and attack the argument and the debater. Commonly on Internet discussion forums this is where the liberal will go back through the thread and find misspelled words or incorrect use of grammar. When debating in person this will be the moment the liberal will call into play something your father said under his breath in 1963 or your use of pot in high school. Lines like “You are just angry at the system” and “You’re a racist for disagreeing with Al Sharpton” are commonly heard. Attacks will turn personal in nature as the attack on facts has already been lost. They will also use this technique to try to rope you into a completely different debate.
3) Plugging the Ears and Walking Away:
At this point in the debate the conservative has laid out facts and logic that can not be broken. The conservative has brushed off the attacks and refused to go off topic. The conservative is still prodding the liberal for answers to questions asked when the debate began. The liberal now has nothing left except to escape the debate and try to hold onto some of their pride. This will come in many forms, the most common being:
– Making an excuse to leave the room
– Take a fake call that is coming into their phone
– Completely changing the subject to a neutral topic
– Refusing to speak any further
Conclusion – liberals are fun to debate and can be a good source of amusement. But unless you are willing to change views and have a one-way discussion they will eventually become tired of facts and logic. This is why when debating liberals it’s always a good idea to round up a few at a time.