Wandering through the Intertubes yesterday, I ran across yet another defense of conservative talk radio as the refuge of reason and logic (sorry, I forget where, and no time to look it up, but it was from somebody who ought to know).
I thought: Have I gone mad? Am I so blinded by my own liberal media bias that I can't recognize logic when I hear it? So driving to work this morning after class I tuned in Rush Limbaugh and heard him say, all in one sentence, that liberals are mean spirited and racists and that some of them are Stalinists.
Mean spirited? I guess that's a matter of opinion (certainly not a matter of logic). But as for the other two charges, I would argue that, by definition, neither can possibly be true. A racist is at best a failed liberal (or a failed conservative, since overt racists no longer a respected part of the national political dialogue). And a Stalinist just can't be a liberal. It's like saying that some apples are oranges.
This is useful debate? This is Socratic dialogue? This is logic?