As every Conservative knows, debating a Liberal is akin to howling at the moon, sticking a
porcupine in your shorts and being beaten with numchuks; all at once.
But there can be some positive results of engaging the 'Progs' as long as you understand
the limitations of debating monkeys. Herewith some helpful rules.
Know Your Purpose
The reason for debating a liberal is NOT to change their mind.
After having debated on multiple forums over more than a decade,
I have NEVER "won" a
debate with a liberal. No matter whether I have absolutely crushed them with logic
or presented irrefutable facts,
they do not accept defeat. No matter how severe the cognitive dissonance
debate may create between their
position and reality, nothing you say will stick with them
for longer than the time they need
to light another dooby. So changing their mind is not your purpose.
However, there are side benefits to debating liberals
that can make the exercise worthwhile:
Remember, there are usually lurkers and bystanders to your debate!
On the Internet there may be thousands of secondary listeners.
While some of those lurkers will also be pigheaded slackjaw
liberals as well, there is always a fringe that has doubts and are looking
for an excuse to bolt the liberal mind stalag. THEY ARE YOUR REAL AUDIENCE!
Unless you debate liberals often and intensely,
you will never acquire the skills needed to keep them
from slipping and sliding like eels around blunt facts.
Perhaps most importantly, liberals need to pay a
price for trying to intimidate conservative voices.
Their goal is to shut you up, to close the marketplace of ideas.
Don't let them! Throw them a beanball brushback every chance you get.
Rules of Engagement: There are no stinking rules!
Liberals don't argue like human beings. Normal debate takes the form of an
initial statement by one party, a response by a second party,
then a series of exchanges where data is presented and
then some sort of synthesis is made to an ultimate conclusion
(or a polite though heated agreement to disagree).
With liberals, facts are subjugated to "moral" or emotional statements.
Inconvenient facts are ignored.
It doesn't matter if you show them an economic chart straight from God
showing the deteriorating welfare state, they will deny it, or ignore it, or claim amnesia.
Then they will swear you get all your facts from Faux News.
Rather than get upset with this lack of intellectual honesty
much less fair play, remember your audience goes beyond this one chowderhead.
By calmly stating
your points, redundantly for emphasis,
use a liberal's predictable foaming flareups to embarass them in front of listeners.
Some things you can count on when debating a Liberal:
Changing The SubjectLiberals are extremely hard to pin
down even when confronted with immutable facts.
If you present a clear Yes-No question that would clarify the
subject, they will not answer. They generally follow a
question with a question. It is effective to repeatedly go back
to the Yes-No question and point out their inability to answer.
If you should pin them down, they will immediately resort to
ad hominem name calling and vulgarities.
If you respond in kind, they will claim
you are the one who started the vulgarities. Never be vulgar,
not because you don't know how to swear like a longshoreman, but because it
creates a stark contrast.
Liberals Are Always Smarter Than You are
You could be Albert Frickin Einstein and
they will still claim you are an ignorant troglodyte. In fact
their entire self esteem depends on you being stupid
without proof (providing proof would cause an aneurysm,
so they skip right to namecalling).
Thus it is to your advantage for these debates to
go on for a while as you slowly build up
a string of evidence that shows your intelligence.
Your patience will be rewarded, for there comes an
inevitable point where the question becomes "If you are
so smart, why are you having such difficulty
defeating someone you proclaim an idiot".
Liberals Are Always Morally Superior
Not only are Liberals smarter than you,
they are also always morally superior.
That means even if their policies would throw the
country into economic collapse, they still will tell you there
is a pressing need for free condoms.
Narcissism: Liberal's Audience is Themselves
While you may be trying to persuade others that your
logic and data are based on truth, liberals
aren't trying to convince anyone of anything, they are
instead trying to dictate their worldview.
That's because they are narcissists who are threatened by any truth
that is outside their experience.
The Race Card
Liberals will always call you a racist, even if you are Mother Theresa.
This is because this is the one last thread of moral superiority
they have to cling to. Don't put up with that crap.
Immediately call them a racist. Point out that Liberal policies have
absolutely destroyed the black community. Point out that black homicides are
seven times those of whites. It isn't Tea Partiers or Black conservatives who
are causing chaos, it is the thug culture abetted by Democrats.
Will we ever get back a civil society? I am sorry to be the messenger of
bad tidings, but it appears the entire
social/political system is now corrupt, from the petty thieves at the bottom,
to the bankers and politicians at the top. The takers
have figured out the crony politicl system and will argue to the end of time
to maintain their booty of welfare state spoils. That's why you can't
argue logically with the Left, you would be taking away their
support system. Rather than cry
about this we need to realize that this is the New Normal and
that we have to adapt to this new environment.
How have we gotten to this sorry state? Our problems in many ways
trace to the rise of the secular welfare state, which takes personal
responsibility away from the individual. When people steal (and welfare
has come to be a form of theft), parasites no
longer feel they are taking something away from other individuals (who feel
pain), but from an amorphous society in general, a nebulous blob they
can milk indefinitely. As this system collapses of its own weight,
you need to prepare for a time when the wolves roam the streets.
There are approximately $100 trillion in unfunded government liabilities
in the U.S., and personal debt levels and finances are also in disarray.
As the wheels come off this train society is going to return to a more
barbaric level as people seek any means to survive. Hunker down now
and strengthen your defenses and you will survive while others are driven to the edge.
I have written a more useful strategies in my book "Going Galt", available on Amazon.com