Washington’s Three Most Irrational Arguments in 2013

Photo Credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Photo Credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Washington, they say, is Hollywood for ugly people. It’s also debate club for the logically impaired. The past year included its share of fallacies, sophistries, oversimplifications and utter absurdities.

But a few prominent arguments committed the worst offenses against rational thought. Below are the three worst arguments made in Washington in 2013. These weren’t illogical brain freezes or odd beliefs spouted by backbenchers. These arguments were deliberately devised, promulgated and repeated by prominent politicians, which makes them all the more embarrassing.

“If we can save only one life…”

The demagoguery started early in 2013, as Democrats tried to push gun-control laws in the wake of the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The White House argued for gun restrictions using a litany of facile talking points, most absurdly this gem by President Obama: “If there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”

Vice President Joe Biden echoed the line: “As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking.” White House spokesman Jay Carney repeated the mantra: “If even one child’s life can be saved by the actions we take here in Washington, we must take those actions.”

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  • akprayingmom

    We must put McConnell, McCain, L. Graham, Murkowski, Cornyn and their ilk out of office and support true champions of American freedom Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Tom Graves, Louie Gohmert, Trey Gowdy, and Joe Miller. It is only these latter stalwarts and those who support and fight with them that will secure our waning liberty.