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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 12:04 AM

4. Focus on issues, and on demanding that candidates and their supporters be honest about issues.

That should be agreed on by everyone.

No ad hominem.
I say that it's an ad hominem argument to say that someone who focuses on an issue that speaks apparently to the disfavor of one candidate or another, is "hating" or whatever ad hominem smear is handy.
Rebut the argument, don't rely on smears.
Even in face of ad hominem smears, the response should be to continue focusing on the issue that's important to us all, and ignore as much as possible the baiting ad hominem... trolls.

So e.g. I say argue contra Ted Cruz, but argue vs. his position, his history, his trajectory, on the issues dear to us. Reject the politician Ted Cruz for well reasoned principles, not because you're fired up with ad hominem insults. Just taking as for example a politician few on DU would have empathy for.

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