I’ve Never Won An Argument


You haven’t either. Arguments are fun sometimes – a little intellectual fencing.  But for another person to be quiet, really understand your ideas, and then say “hey, you’re right,” never happens.

I’m getting further and further away from caring about political arguments. You rarely hear me rant about “the wars” anymore. There were Americans killed in both Iraq and Afghanistan last week – oh well.  My disinterested point of view gives me a different perspective these days. I now know the vast majority of people have no idea what they’re talking about – even if they’re in the media. And if they do, they’re probably lying anyway.

When I hear Obama people square off against Romney people, it’s both funny and sad.  Funny because they naively believe they can change the other person’s mind and sad because they think it really matters if they do.

2 Responses to “I’ve Never Won An Argument”

  1. Bill says:

    You are right about the futility of face to face debate. Both parties are trying to “win” the argument, and even if one sees the validity of his opponent’s statements, he is too concerned with “saving face” to admit it.

    However, argument in print is different. The reader has time to absorb and consider what has been written. Oftentimes, the reader will come to agree with part or all of what has been put forward. As the writer, you are acutely aware of and perhaps irritated by opposition. But opposition is not the whole story. What about all the readers who agree with you? You don’t hear from them, but don’t they count?

    BY the way, I do agree with you the average person is an ignorant dolt, but there’s nothing to be gained by rubbing their noses in it.

  2. paolo. says:

    Bill, I’m fortunate to have thousands of readers. I’ll bet we could find one or two who agree with you – sometimes. Joe? … not so much.

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