One of the best experiences in my formal education was participating in debate.  We were taught how to cogently and logically make a case for a given point of view and how to effectively rebut the arguments of the opposition.  As I listen to liberal politicians and pundits, I find myself wondering what ever happened to cogency and logic in political discourse.  It seems to me that liberals no longer know how to debate political issues.  In most political debates and discussions, liberals seem to quickly cast aside logic and facts in favor of mud-slinging, name calling, and ad hominem attacks on their opponents. Their favorite tactic seems to be labeling opponents as “racists.”    What follows in this column is a hypothetical debate between a conservative and a liberal that accurately portrays how left vs. right debates go these days.  I will serve as the moderator.

  • Moderator:  The conservative debater won the coin toss.  Consequently, he will respond first to my questions followed by rebuttal from the liberal debater.  Here is my first question: Is Obamacare good or bad for America?
  •  Conservative: Thousands of Americans have lost their insurance policies, others have seen the cost of their policies skyrocket, physicians are claiming that the quality of healthcare will be undermined, 57 percent of millennials oppose Obamacare, the health insurance website is a disaster, and many Americans are choosing to simply pay the fine rather than purchase insurance they either do not want or cannot afford.  In short, Obamacare is bad for America.
  • Moderator: Would the liberal participant care to rebut this argument?
  • Liberal: Yes I would. Thank you Mr. Moderator.  It is obvious that my distinguished opponent is a racist.
  • Moderator: My next question is: Do you support President Obama’s philosophy of redistribution of wealth?
  • Conservative: I do not.  “Redistribution of wealth” is just leftist code for taking money from those who have earned it and giving it to those who have not.  I fear that such a practice will undermine initiative, ambition, motivation, and productivity.
  • Moderator: Would the liberal participant care to rebut this argument?
  • Liberal: Yes I would. Thank you Mr. Moderator.  It is obvious that my distinguished opponent is a racist.
  • Moderator: My next question is: Do you support increasing the minimum wage?
  • Conservative: No, I do not.  Raising the minimum wage reduces the hours of employed workers and eliminates jobs.  These are hard facts that can be shown with dependable data.  Further, the rationale used by liberals for increasing the minimum wage makes no sense.  If you apply their logic, why not make the minimum wage $100 per hour or $200?
  • Moderator: Would the liberal participant care to rebut this argument?
  • Liberal: Yes I would.  Thank you Mr. Moderator.  It is obvious that my distinguished opponent is a racist.
  • Moderator: My next question is: Are you satisfied with the unemployment figures provided by the government?
  • Conservative: No, I am not.  I think the Obama Administration is playing fast and loose with the numbers.  No one in the administration ever talks about the U6 unemployment rate, a number that paints a more accurate picture by revealing how many former full-time workers are now working part-time and how many of the employed are under-employed.  Nor does the reported unemployment rate account for those who, out of frustration, have simply dropped out of the job market and are no longer even looking for a job.  Worse yet, this administration never talks about the employment rate.  The employment rate is the number of adults in the population who are actually working.  This rate is the lowest it has been in our country since the Great Depression.
  • Moderator: Would the liberal participant care to rebut this argument?
  • Liberal: Yes I would.  Thank you Mr. Moderator.  It is obvious that my distinguished opponent is a racist.
  • Moderator: May I ask the liberal participant if he is going to use any rebuttal argument other than that his conservative opponent is a racist?  It seems that you have only one response to every argument.
  • Liberal: Thank you for that question Mr. Moderator. It is obvious that, like my distinguished opponent,  you are  a racist.