Lessons in Logic: A Meta Post

Recently I had the opportunity to attend a lecture on logic by the brilliant Michael Eatmon. Mr. Eatmon is an educator out of Florida, an engaging speaker, and all around dynamic human being. While I was listening to him espouse the importance of logical thinking, I could feel my fingers itch for the keyboard so I could share with you the importance of using logic in our political debates.

Logic, Mr. Eatmon asserts, is not merely an abstract concept, but something that has tremendous practical application. Essentially, it is the process of thinking about thinking, or at the risk of sounding like a hipster – metacognition.

In order use logic effectively and persuasively, we must first understand what logic is. The first law of logic is theLaw of Identity, which states that an object is the same as itself. An apple is an apple, an orange is an orange, and so forth. The second law of logic is the Law of Noncontradiction, which is the notion that an object cannot be itself and something else at the same time. A piece of fruit cannot be both an apple and an orange; it must be one or the other. Or a banana. But it cannot be two separate things at the same time in the same space.

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Defend Women. Defend Life.

When the gut-wrenching story broke of the Philadelphia abortionist that routinely delivered live, viable babies before jamming scissors into their brains to kill them, I had to write about it.

The part of the story that struck me so deeply was the desperation that those women felt walking into that clinic. I don’t believe that anyone wants an abortion; but that women are pressured by family, friends, and society (mostly well-meaning, I’m sure) to believe that the procedure is no big deal.

How far below rock bottom does a woman have to be to walk into a filthy ‘clinic’ and have the kicking, squirming life sucked out of her? That woman needs love and support, not the legal right to an abortion. In the article I wrote, I mentioned some ways to actually help pregnant women, such as donating money to cover prenatal care for those that can’t afford it, bringing meals to single moms trying to make it, or volunteering with a pregnancy care center or adoption agency.

For that I got called a woman-hater.

It turns out that unless one believes that a mother-to-be has the right to end the life of her unborn child, that person hates women. I vehemently dispute that claim. I do like women. I like men, too for the record. I like all people no matter how big or small, no matter their age, and no matter where they live: In a mansion, on the street, or in a uterus.

I believe that God created humans (and other stuff … like everything), and even though you’re not going to get along with everyone, life is worthy of respect.

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Lamo Lame Duck Session Needs to Go

Congress is currently in a lame duck session, which refers to the two-ish months found between an election and an inauguration. During that time, law-makers that won’t be returning for the new congress (due to a lost election or retirement) are still allowed to make laws, while their replacements must sit idly by and wait their turn.

It’s been an interesting couple of years in politics, and in November, the Democrats got slammed (except in California). There are cool folks like Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania and Marco Rubio in Florida just waiting in the wings until January 3rd, while Alan Grayson and Chris Dodd are voting on a trillion-plus dollar omnibus spending bill.

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Math is Hard: Keeping Taxes Low Will Not Add to the National Deficit

As the debate over extending the Bush tax cuts rages on, some people are accusing Republicans of adding to the national deficit by not raising taxes on ‘rich’ people. The icky Republicans want to steal $36 billion and “transfer the bulk of that cash into the pockets of the nation’s millionaires.”

Does anyone take basic math classes anymore? Economics? History?

Historically speaking, lowering taxes for employers actually produces more revenue for the government. The Bush tax cuts were what saved us from nose-diving into a recession in the early 2000s. The economy tanked in 2008 because they were spending more than they were taking in, but that’s a subject for another time. We’ve also bounced back from recessions by lowering taxes in the 80s under Reagan, in the 60s under Kennedy, and in the 20s under Coolidge. No country has ever taxed itself into prosperity, and the idea that it could all of a sudden magically work shows a failure to learn from history.

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