""Death panels? Socialized medicine? Government takeover?"
I've never heard these outside of political spin. Not once have I seen these terms used as part of a serious research piece. The only life these terms have is in the mouths of politicians and their cheerleaders.
Exactly. And that is why that statement was not a fair answer to my questions but rather a good example of cheerleading."
But I disagree. Policy decisions are made in the political arena. Look at the how the GOP is spinning the debt ceiling talks now: "the damage will not be done by default, the damage will be done by Obama scaring everyone..."
There is not a reputable economist or company who feels this way, but thanks to the few GOP mouthpieces who are saying it over and over the policy may not change, and thus the country defaults. It was not a decision based in fact, or in expert opinion even. (http://www.cnbc.com/id/101098017)
Look at Texas school books: evolution is just a theory (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/education/creationists-on-texas-panel-for-biology-textbooks.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0),
Thomas Jefferson is not a founding father (has he was the one who wrote of the separation of church and state), the civil war had nothing to do with slavery (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/17/AR2010031700560.html)....
In some states doctors are supposed to lie to their patients seeking abortion and tell them there is an increased risk of breast cancer (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-05-15/women-contraception-abortion-reproductive-rights-doctors/54979766/1)
Is any of this based in fact? Of course not. Yet it is the basis of nationwide at the worst, statewide at the least, policy decisions.
Very real and dangerous changes are happening to the environment and the VAST majority of science agrees. Yet because so many people just ignore the facts, despite the serious people who say otherwise, nothing changes and we continue to head into the abyss.
So no, I'm sorry, while there is a place for niceties and politeness in discourse, I think that is exactly what has been wrong with progressives these past few decades. One side has been bullying and stomping their feet and screaming loudly, the other side has been trying to have a nice, polite conversation and intellectual discussion about the world's problems. Look where that has gotten us...
Matthew is the perfect example - "I know it. It is my opinion," and anything from "mainstream" media is tainted and can't be trusted.
Our society does not value reasoned, intellectual arguments anymore. We keep pulling out the nazi card, or comparing Obamacare to the end of days (see Bachmann). "Intellectual elite" has become an insult. And as far as those people are concerned, nothing says it better than former congressman Barney Frank, to someone who referred to Obamacare as a "nazi policy": "Trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table."