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Let’s look, for a wee while, at what certain right-wingers do here when asked specifically not to do it. In this case, they were predicted to not engage with the content of what I said in a piece on the Paul Gosar campaign, but instead to use distraction and whataboutery. What happened? They did exactly that, as if they didn’t actually read what I wrote or were so dimwitted as to think that those appeals and tactics represented good argumentation. Sigh…

I initially said:

Now GOP lawmaker Paul Gosar has produced a video and put it on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook where it has been allowed to stay that simulates him stabbing Alexandria Ocasio Cortex to death in the back and then attacking the President.

And he’s not being held to account by his own party.

Imagine the tables turned. Imagine it on Trump, or back with Bush when the party had a little more to it. Imagine the uproar. Imagine if the Democrats had released simulated videos of GOP rising stars being murdered.

The GOP has lost any last vestige of morality it may have once had. It’s a moral black hole, sucking its members and lawmakers into darker and darker places.

And yet the same desperate defenders will turn up in the threads here, deflecting with tu quoque fallacies, or whataboutery, or…not owning it.

Cath Olic said, on the thread below:

“As President Biden hits a new approval low in the Washington Post-ABC News poll, Republicans enjoy their largest midterm lead over Democrats in the 40-year history of the poll.”…

and Person223 with this:

I watched George Stephanopoulos and Donna Brazile this morning. They were in a panic over Dem prospects in the midterm. They’ve lost the independents.

and Scoundrel with this:


Let’s return to some more fallacy with Cath Olic:

“… I would be fleeing the party now.”


Why didn’t you flee from supporting the Democrat Party after

– Obama’s former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said
“Michelle [Obama] always says, ‘When they go low, we go high. No. No. When they go low, we kick them.”

– “Shortly after claiming “God is on our side,” Rep. Maxine Waters of California also urged activists to physically confront the Trump administration in public places, saying, “You get out and create a crowd. You push back on them. You tell them they are not welcomed anymore or anywhere.”

– House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that in politics “you’re in the arena, you have to be ready to take a punch, and you have to be ready to throw a punch … for the children.”

He then pathetically tried the whataboutery of Kathy Griffith (showing a picture of her comic stunt of Trump’s head in her hand):

“It’s sickening.”

What’s sickening is that, IIRC, Congress has far lower approval ratings than even the presidents, and it’s been that way for a long time.

Of course, members of Congress are merely representatives of the people, who can be sickening…

He was sent packing by several commenters:

Kathy Griffith held no elected office, and she lost jobs, endorsement deals, and bookings because of her gross stunt, and was condemned for it by many liberals as well.


Gosar used government resources and used his official government Twitter account….

Notice he says nothing about Gosar?

Of course, the goat had to get in his deflections:

Instead of fixating on US politics, maybe you should pay closer attention to what’s going on near you:

They were found on lampposts in two roads in Basingstoke and near Basingstoke College of Technology. Hampshire Constabulary was alerted to the posters by a resident on Thursday and said they were being treated as a “hate incident”. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has arranged for the posters to be removed.…

Whilst also pulling out the conservative victim card in further deflection:

It’s hilarious you’re triggered by a cartoon. Who is the moral candidate evangelicals should support? Your political moralizing is, among other things, naive.

The US is more polarized because of the sharp leftward shift of liberals, a shift that began under Obama. I’ve explained this to you before:…

Trump appointed numerous well qualified judges, there was nothing “unfair” about it. It was, to put it mildly, unfair to Trump the American people that his administration dragged down by the Russia collusion hoax.

And, finally, because that is quite enough distraction and evasion for me, Cath Olic further whatabouts with this:

Again, why has Steven K. Bannon been targeted and indicted regarding the January 6 breach of the Capitol while Ray Epps has not?

What’s going on with Ray Epps?

As evidence emerges of provocateurs inciting the Jan 6 Capitol riot, was an asset working on behalf of the FBI to stir up trouble?…

A TIPPLING PHILOSOPHER Jonathan MS Pearce is a philosopher, author, columnist, and public speaker with an interest in writing about almost anything, from skepticism to science, politics, and morality,...

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