The political “discourse” is making me sick. Here are three rules that apply to my blog and your comments — and ought to apply to any forum you participate in.
- Leave appearance out if it. Don’t criticize people for being fat, short, skinny, buxom, muscular, scrawny, blond, or old. Don’t draw attention to their baldness, their hairstyle, their race, or their disability. That’s not part of the discourse. For the most part, it’s not in their control anyway.
- Discuss what people say and do, not who they are. The validity of an argument doesn’t vary based on who’s making it. Judge content, not people.
- Enough with the whataboutism. If you did something wrong, and somebody else did too, what you did is still wrong. What Obama did with Loretta Lynch or Bill Maher said about orangutans or Mitt Romney said about the 47% are not justifications for anything that’s happening now — do you really want to argue that “I’m wrong but it’s ok because they were wrong, too?” The minute you say “Yeah, but what about . . . ” you’ve lost the argument.
And for Lord’s sake, admit that you’re wrong sometimes and the other guys have a good idea once in a while.