Right-Winger’s Guide To “Debating”

by Ben Hoffman
  • State your opinion as fact and provide a link to someone else’s opinion to prove you’re right.
  • Call the other person stupid. This derails the debate and the other person winds up defending his or her intelligence rather than debating the issues.
  • Throw out a bunch of talking points that aren’t related to the issue. This splinters the debate and you can use other talking points to defend those talking points.
  • No matter what the issue, look back in history until you find a way to blame it on Democrats.
  • If someone criticizes Bush or Reagan, call Obama their messiah.
  • Use the word socialist or communist whenever you can
  • When you’re proven to be wrong, accuse the other person of “drinking the kool-aid.
  • Above all else, debate with emotions because the facts are not on your side!
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28 Comments to “Right-Winger’s Guide To “Debating””

  1. Great list there!
    Could add two special tricks in case you’re trapped:

    – talk with a extremely loud voice
    – repeat the others arguments with a whiny funny voice

    That bounces of everything.

    🙂

    Rich.

  2. Great post! Here’s another suggestion:

    –wrap yourself in the flag and say “I support the troops” until your opponent falls into a coma.

    Thanks for the list–I’m adding you to my blogroll!

  3. Thanks for the tips! How about a follow-up post for the left? I’ll get you started:

    Indulge in naming-calling, e.g.”Nut-Job Dana Perino”;
    Incite class warfare, e.g., the “regular guys” v. “educated professor types;
    Initiate debate by calling your adversary a “fascist.”

    • Initiate debate by calling your adversary a “fascist.”

      Wait…no, that’s another right-wing debate tactic. I keep seeing signs depicting Obama as Hitler and calling him a fascist. Maybe we should be calling our adversaries socialists instead. Nope, the right-wingers have that one cornered, too. Hmmm….

    • NRO’s online editor Johah Goldberg’s latest book: Liberal Fascism. Sold wildly all over right wing world.

  4. Please continue to talk amongst yourselves. Quite amusing.

  5. (psssssst….I hear Alan Scott has intimate relations with farm animals.)

  6. Mr. Hoffman,

    “(psssssst….I hear Alan Scott has intimate relations with farm animals.)”

    Where do you hang out, that such things reach your ears?

  7. sleepygirl,

    “Was is supposed to be a secret?”

    Was what supposed to be a secret?

  8. Ms. Holland,

    I merely wanted to see who else on this board would sink to the level of our host. Not that I can’t take rough language. I spent years working blue collar jobs with people who make Mr. Hoffman sound like a girl scout.

    • [I spent years working blue collar jobs with people who make Mr. Hoffman sound like a girl scout.]

      Same here. I worked construction and as a diesel mechanic for about nine years before going to college, and for a while to support myself while in college.

  9. Mr. Hoffman,

    I believe our attitudes are shaped by the kind of work work we do. So are you retired, self employed, or do you still go in and FTD or more likely FTC?

    • I’m not sure about that. My viewpoints have sometimes been at odds with many of my coworkers.

      I’m not retired. I do consulting work as a software engineer. I earned my degree in software engineering from Colorado University and have developed software — mainly for aerospace companies — until I decided to become a contractor about five years ago. Now I do Web development.

      And you?

  10. Mr. Hoffman,

    I figured you were in some type of soft industry where you no longer have to get dirty.

    I work in telecommunications. I crawl under trailers, work off of ladders and have been known to pretend to climb polls when I can’t get my truck in close.

    Before that I spent 11 and a half years in a smoke stack industry, first as a glorified sample boy ( technician ) and then as a production foreman. We got as black as coal miners and had to shower off the dust before we came home.

    Those were the good old days. We melted many an ice cap with our Co2. Funny though, they were some of the coldest winters I’ve ever lived through. It was a rough place to work as a teenager, when I started. All shift work, some guys on work release from the county jail, and a good half were practicing alcoholics.

    Yes, the good old days.

    • [I figured you were in some type of soft industry where you no longer have to get dirty.]

      Yep, when I was in my 20s, I decided I didn’t want to be coming home filthy when I was in my 40s. There’s also a lot more money in white collar work.

      [and a good half were practicing alcoholics.]

      What was the bad half? Republicans? 🙂

  11. Ms. Holland,

    “hmmm Ben, nearly 24 hours here. Waiting . ”

    If I am late answering on this board it is only because I have other things to do with my life.

    Mr. Hoffman’s “Alan’s too ashamed to give out that kind of information.” is amusing.

    You two seem to have more time on your hands then I do. I mean it is fun ” discussing ” our differences but, hardly productive. It is not easy to justify the effort. I guess I can put it in the ledger as keeping tabs on Liberal thinking, prior to the upcoming midterm elections.

    Also when I run in to a truly non committed independent voter who begins to spout your dogma, I’ll be prepared.

  12. Mr. Hoffman,

    “[and a good half were practicing alcoholics.]

    What was the bad half? Republicans? 🙂 ”

    Nobody in those days was very political. Most, however were gun owners. We did a lot of target shooting and not always sober back in those days. Many of these guys did become Republicans after the anti gunners took over the Democratic Party. Otherwise they’d never have cared at all about politics.

    “Yep, when I was in my 20s, I decided I didn’t want to be coming home filthy when I was in my 40s. There’s also a lot more money in white collar work.”

    I confess to extreme jealousy. 🙂

  13. Mr. Hoffman,

    “My hobbies changed over the years, though.”

    You should not give up target shooting. I have gotten back in to it lately. My favorite is clay pigeons. I had not done that for 3 decades because most places where we once did it now ban it. I got to do it over the summer again. Most fun you can have shooting.

    • We used to shoot at beer cans in the water back in the early 80s when I lived in Texas. I’d like to get a bow and arrow but I doubt I’ll be getting any guns. My wife hates guns.

      • Even I did target shooting – skeet shooting actually – as a teen. Loved it too. The feeling of hitting a moving target (in the sky yet!) was thrilling. Haven’t done it in decades and you’ve got me thinking about looking around to see if there are any skeet shooting ranges!

  14. A gun is merely a tool. If it is respected, it is not dangerous. That said, I almost shot my car one time. That particular deserved it, but it still came from not paying attention. Speaking of cars, if you look at injuries and death, cars are far more dangerous than guns.

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