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Buster Gammons

Sunday, October 30, 2016

No, Trump And Hillary Are NOT The Same

When it comes to elections, especially this one, how often have you heard people say things like this?   "Our choice is the lesser of two evils."  "They're both bad."  "They deserve each other."  "I can't vote for either one."

You've heard it a lot, maybe even said it yourself.  Those who say things like that are engaging in a form of deceit (possibly self-deceit) known as false equivalency.  It's the Republicans only path to election victory.  They can't deny Trump is horrible.  It's on tape.  So they want voters to believe Hillary is just as bad.  

In pursuit of that, they have a very powerful ally -- lazy people, people who like to say "they're all bad" because when you say that, you don't have to do any homework.  Say "they're all the same" and you can sound justifiably jaded by the entire process when, really, you just don't know anything.

You say you're cynical about politics?  Don't flatter yourself.  "Cynical" comes when you know too much.  You, on the other hand, haven't bothered to learn anything.

(Excerpted and paraphrased from Bill Maher's latest "New Rule")

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