Decius drops the mic
|What goes up, must come down|
"One of those who most objected to the Flight 93 analogy also accused me of “sophistry.” I remind him that, according to Aristotle, “the Sophists identified or almost identified politics with rhetoric. In other words, the Sophists believed or tended to believe in the omnipotence of speech.” Is that not a near-perfect description of modern conservative intellectuals, or at least of their revealed preferences? Except that one wonders what, in their case, is the source of that belief, since they haven’t been able to accomplish anything in the political realm through speech or any other means in a generation."The first point I'd make is that sophistry is not actually as bad as its current popular definition implies and that, yes, in pre-Socratic terms Decius is a sophist - the best kind of sophist. Politics right and left could do with a hell of a lot more of this kind of sophistry. Instead we get this:
1/ "The Flight 93 Election" is elegantly-written garden-variety sophistry. I presume the author is Mike Anton.https://t.co/83vzH1aiot— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 8, 2016
- a gratuitous accusation of "sophistry" (the bad kind) and then calling out the anonymous author by name ("I presume").
- Rhetorically undermine the substance of the essay by waving the bloody shirt of valiant flight 93 passengers who died fighting Islamic inspired terror.
- Q: Is any American more distant than Donald Trump from the spirit of heroic self-sacrifice that animated the passengers on Flight 93? A: Umm... maybe... er... Bill Kristol comes to mind. Do these #NeverTrump scolds think that DJT is NOT putting his very life on the line by running for POTUS? If so, then what the hell does the "Never" in #NeverTrump stand for? In truth (which they won't admit) it probably stands for nothing to them which is why they don't perceive it as a threatening hashtag, but for some lonely, desperate souls Never means Never and those folks are keeping the candidates secret service detail very busy (and worried).
- "Sad to see...", oh yeah, it's sad. Sad that flight 93 even happened and what transpired in it's aftermath - and also sad that the federal government still doesn't track visa overstays 15 years on since some of the 9/11 hijackers were in the USA illegally on temporary visa overstays.