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Political double-talk

  1. Dec 4, 2007 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Post your favorite cheesy political dodge or misrepresentation. Please provide supporting information when needed to validate the post.

    I was sort of liking Huckabee but he loses me completely with this sort of nonsense:

    [From the YouTube debate]
    http://deathpenaltyusa.blogspot.com/2007/11/mike-huckabees-death-penalty-dodge.html

    When effectively being asked if he is a hypocrite - a completely valid question IMO - jokes don't work for me.
     
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  3. Dec 4, 2007 #2

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  4. Dec 4, 2007 #3
    Great link Gokul.

    For this election........................hard to say as only history gives us the perspective and the chance to put things into the height of legend.
     
  5. Dec 5, 2007 #4

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    It would have to be:
    It is in Starr's report somewhere but I found it here (because it was easier).
     
  6. Dec 5, 2007 #5

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    It seems like he was avoiding a strawman more than anything else. Asking what Jesus would do is not a simple question, and the intended result is to confuse the politician or make him state that he doesn't know the answer. In Matthew 8:28-34, Jesus removes demons from two people and puts them into pigs, and the pigs run into a lake and die. That kind of behavior is so eratic that it's unrealistic for anybody to think they know what Jesus would do.

    In any event, the actual meaning of doublespeak is when the meaning of something is disguised by the wording. For example, things like "estate tax" are worded as such because the word estate often makes people think of rich people. It conveniently hides the fact that it applies to everyone. Or using the term "detainee" instead of "prisoner of war", and "special" instead of "mentally retarded". Mute people were once called "dumb". One I hear a lot on the news is "misappropriation of funds" rather than "this politician stole a bunch of tax money".
     
  7. Dec 5, 2007 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    If you say so.

    The reason that the question was asked is that there is a very definite answer expected by many people; esp coming from a minister. The problem is that he knows he can't appease these people and the conservative [pro-death penalty] Republican base. The fact that he equivocates about the sanctity of life and the Christian view of this is all that it took for me.
     
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  8. Dec 5, 2007 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=23407&dict=CALD
     
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