That Debate in the Desert
Carol V. Hamilton
An excellent site lists all the logical fallacies, such as false dilemma, that the
press and politicians so often deploy. It is here:
http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/. Every American pundit, citizen, and
schoolchild should learn to recognize them.
As for the particular case of human rights versus national security, someone mighthave pointed out to Blitzer that the nation-states with the most security are authoritarian in nature. I visited the Soviet Union under communism, traveling fromLeningrad/Petersburg to Volgograd, Sochi, Tbilisi, Kiev, and finally Moscow. Evenlate at night it was safe for a young petite woman to walk downtown with her grandmother. On the other hand, the Soviet citizens we met were obviously frightened of their government—their Daddy State, as we might call it, in opposition to David Harsanyi’s new book, “The Nanny State.”
Harsanyi thinks that the Nanny State shouldn’t even give its citizens information about nutrition and public health. Yet the Daddy State will give you safe streets, ongoing surveillance, children ratting on their parents, the constant fear of nighttime arrest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the gulag. Which is worse? But back to the debate.
It's my sense that she is actually the least experienced of the Democratic field. Hanging out in the White House as an unelected, unappointed figure, or meeting foreign dignitaries in the role of First Spouse, should not count
Many progressives would prefer a candidate who says, “I want to be president in
order to end the war, restore the Constitution, and provide health care and
education for the American people.”