The Last Laugh
jbone at deepfile.com
Mon Apr 21 20:51:35 PDT 2003
On Monday, Apr 21, 2003, at 19:07 US/Central, James Rogers wrote:
> I would assert that Reagan is far more deserving of credit than any
> President I can think of.
Why am I not surprised?
<much ditto pro forma deleted>
>> and Bush II
>> will get
>> the credit for the economic recovery experienced under Democratic
>> leadership from 2004-2008. (I'm not saying you've said all of those
>> things, but I'm just waiting for you to fill in the blanks.)
> This is all a lovely fantasy, but what does it have to do with me? You
> should spend less time and emotional energy creating straw man around
> you imagine that I "really" think and get on with the issues. Your
> model of
> how and what I think is clearly broken, and I don't fit into any
> molds anyway.
Perhaps the problem, James, is that you do in fact fit into at least
one popular mold much more than you'd care to admit. Let's roughly
divide your statements into two categories: assertions, and assertions
about your assertions. Many of your assertions follow a familiar
pattern, to the point where some of your assertions (i.e., the above
about the Gipper) are predictable. Your assertions about your
assertions are somewhat petulantly in direct contradiction to this
observation about your assertion.
From this I conclude that one of the following is true:
(1) You are doing an absolutely stunning imitation of a dittohead, but
in fact are not one
(2) You are a dittohead and recognize this but claim that you aren't
for some reason or other
(3) You are a dittohead but are in denial of this fact
In any case, having concluded this I now know that there are some kinds
of assertions and certain arguments that you might make that I cannot
rely on. Now, I'm an easygoing guy, and I think there're all kinds of
discussions we can have in which I can treat you as credible. But I
now know the class of discussions for which I cannot.
> I'm not emotionally invested in politics, I mostly just like to argue.
> point that escapes most people is that I rarely volunteer my personal
> opinion, only observations. You try MUCH too hard to read "intent" and
> "ideology" that I'm intentionally not offering, and it rarely fails to
> you off on ridiculous tangents.
Well, then, I hope at least you're enjoying the Primrose Path with me.
Overall, methinks you doth protest too much. If the shoe fits, wear it.
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