On some level, I don’t really care what someone believes as long as it’s an informed opinion. Earlier today I got berated for a while buy a guy who made the following assertions in roughly five minutes:
– Welfare is socialism.
– Obama’s health care plan will result in homeless doctors.
– FOX News’s ratings mean they’re the most accurate.
– Democrats actively hate America and capitalism.
– Michael Moore is a liar and literally everything in Sicko was fabricated.
– I’m a communist.
Honestly, I don’t even have the energy to deal with people who believe this nonsense. It’s such hyperbolic idiocy that makes debating impossible. If he’d argued that, for example, welfare is an inefficient means of dealing with poverty, well then we could talk about that. Or that the health care plan will result in more people covered but less quality care and had some basis for the claim, sure. But how do you deal with stuff like “this isn’t America any more”?
And people wonder why, if I love politics so much, I don’t want to talk about it in public.