This Country Is Addicted To The ‘Both Sides’ Memeon July 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm
It’s so ingrained it simply MUST be mentioned even in articles that are entirely about the right wing’s need to lie and distort to cover their lack of arguments. For instance: Slate’s “The GOP’s War Against Facts: The truth became dangerous for the Republican Party when it ran out of arguments.” By Dahlia Lithwick and Raymond Vasvari pulls no punches when it comes to laying the blame for the muddled conversation on Capitol Hill at the feet of the obfuscating GOP.
Someday political scientists will try to date the decline of reasoned discourse in America to the moment when the left and the right began to invent their own facts. Climate change deniers, the purveyors of lies linking abortion to breast cancer, and creationists will all be blamed for the end of meaningful debate between liberals and conservatives. But that’s not quite right. The real end of civic discourse can be traced to the new conservative argument that facts themselves are dangerous.
It’s a dangerous contention not just for what it hides, but also for what it reveals: a lack of any other arguments.