Liberals want to win every argument. They want to come in, loaded with an armful of facts, drop them on the head of their opponent, say “Boom, ya busted!” and walk out, confident that they have won.
But in the real world, there is no independent arbiter that judges whether you won an argument or not. While in a relationship someone – usually – has to bend and admit defeat, there is no such thing in politics.
In politics, everyone is pretty well convinced that they’ve won before a single exchange has been made. So, the whole liberal idea, where we treat everything like a debate, is doomed to failure.
What is to be done?
I would suggest mockery. Endless, ceaseless mockery. Complete and utter derision.
It is a strategy often employed by conservatives about the most serious issues in the world. They have reduced climate change, which is about the earth itself heating and the oceans rising up to the point they will swallow cities, into a punchline. You can almost hear the smirk on conservative’s faces when they speak about climate change.
So, give them a taste of their own medicine.
It helps that the underpinnings of the conservative movement trend towards the ridiculous. Imagine believing, against all objective reality, that tax cuts will magically generate economic growth, that companies will voluntarily abide by the rules if regulations are reduced, or that more guns equals less crime.
“More guns less crime” is a punchline better than “the aristocrats.”
Mock conservatives and their ideas like the jokes they are. It is a great way to defuse and defang them.
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