Enlightened ramblings of a minarchist libertarian with Objectivist tendencies

Monday, July 26, 2004

Stupidity in Print

I just finished reading this week's Time. As usual there is plenty of what can only be labeled as stupid, but this one quote in the "LETTERS" section really struck me as above and beyond in its level of stupidity.

"Moore's movie may be a mix of fact and fiction, but anything that opens discussion on the invasion of Iraq is good for America" -- John Miranda


Hmm...so anything that opens discussion on the invasion of Iraq is good for America?

Ninety soldiers dying in a terrorist raid would certainly cause discussion on Iraq. Would that be good for America?

Another major attack here in the US would open the discussion on Iraq. Would that be good for America?

All of our allies pulling their troops out of Iraq would certainly spur debate on the topic. Would that be good for America?

The answer to these questions and countless others that could spur discussion on Iraq is no, that would not be good for America. The sole fact that something causes discussion does not make it a good thing.

Let's apply that same logic to other situations:

"Those boys may have tortured and lynched the little black girl, but anything that opens up discussion on the racial differences in our country is good for America."

"Sure, some people voted two or three times and a whole bunch of French nationals illegally voted, but anything that brings up discussion about voting is good for America."

"The FBI may have used illegal tactics in bringing down that crazy cult, but anything that brings up discussion about the problems of cults is good for America."


Obviously not everything that spurs discussion of problems within our country are good for the country. The discussion may very well be, but that does not mean the trigger for that discussion is.

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