Why is there no real discussion on the subjects of real importance these days?

You know, things like: poverty, hunger, illiteracy, homelessness, joblessness, the lonely, the aged, the afflicted, foreign aid, a plan for alternative energy, the national debt, runaway spending, and why we’re at war…

Ad Hominem has completely replaced our national discourse.

Ad Hominem is a fancy word for a PR tactic that means “against the man” in Latin, but essentially means “change the subject”.

In other words, if your ideas can’t hold up on their own merit, then change the subject, and attack the man (any man, all the men) who won’t go along with what it is you want to do.

There’s one word that will help us focus on the real problems confronting our nation.

“Respect…”

Respect for elders. Respect for our neighbors. Respect for the other guy. Respect for ourselves. Respect for the truth. Respect for our world.

Let’s do it then…

And let’s start by completely removing Ad Hominem as a tactic to quash any thoughtful discourse.

Everyone would learn how to recognize it in their middle-school civics classes, and would know it when they see it…, and then they’d call out the perpetrator whenever the tactic’s used, like you do in bullshit bingo.

“Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. Ad-Hominem Bingo.”

The Respect Ordinance

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