I really dislike having debates over Facebook. I especially dislike debating liberals on Facebook because it provides them an avenue to look smarter on a specific topic than they really are. Let me explain. I love American History. I have read hundreds of books on the subject. My main focus has been on the Founding Fathers and the writings that influenced them. I love it so much I have decided to pursue my Masters Degree in American History.
I considered myself pretty well read on the topic of the creation of our system of government. I’ve read the notes from the constitutional convention, the Federalist and anti-Federalist papers, the Virgina Plan, and about the delegates and their views on government. I can talk it pretty good because I have a solid foundation. This is why I must call people out when they spout nonsense about how our system of government is a democracy. I had such a debate this past week on Facebook. From the very beginning of the debate I could see how weak my opponent in regards to the topic when he didn’t know the difference between self-government and self-governance. Each point I made, with original source data to back me up, my opponent would fire back with references that were not in harmony with what the founders said or believed about the topic. As the conversation progressed I could tell my opponent was doing research to try and make his point by the references he was using. Towards the end he began to sound somewhat knowledgeable on the topic, and I was happy to see this. However this form of debate does mislead the reader. It makes someone look smarter on a topic than they really are. And this really bugs me. It’s borderline deceptive.
I would much rather have a face-to-face debate because with a face-to-face conversation you can read your opponent and know almost immediately what they know and what they do not know. Behind the curtains of Facebook, you don’t have to be a subject matter expert as long as you can do a quick internet search on the topic. It doesn’t make you smarter on the topic, only more opinionated about it and you know what they say about opinions. In a face-to-face debate you don’t have this same opportunity. The only reason I knew he was doing internet research is because of how he started out of the gate. Not knowing the difference between self-government and self-governance is a pretty strong indicator that you’re somewhat clueless. Anyway that’s my opinion on the topic. Now on to the LINKs.
Below are links to some great conservative/libertarian articles. Please take a few minutes today to hit them and when you’re there hit their tip jars if they have them. These excellent people work hard each day to bring you the truth. So tee it up and enjoy another SENTRY JOURNAL round at the links.
A Conservative Teacher: Bow to Obama
Ace of Spades: French soldier stabbed while on patrol near Paris
Adrienne’s Corner: Bill Whittle: Who are the real people?…
American Glob: “Climate Change Denier” Is An Offensive Term And Liberals Should Stop Using It
American Perspective: Farmers’ Rebellion Poised to Lift CA GOP
America’s Watchtower: Open thread for Sunday, May 26th: Power, Corruption & Lies
ARRA News Service: President Obama Is Tired of Fighting Terrorism
Asylum Watch: When Abuse of Power is Considered a Virtue
Atlas Shrugs: Muslim Father Murders Gay Son in Honor Killing
Breitbart: Walmart, Boeing, Lockheed Fund Center for American Progress
blogsense-by-barb: Forbes: Obama an Incompetent Disgrace
BUNKERVILLE: Levin: “RINO” Issa Didn’t Investigate IRS Before Because He “Despises The Tea Party”
Catholibertarian: God or Atheism — Which is More Rational?
Capitol Commentary: Damage Control
Conservative Hideout 2.0: Nora Craig Explains How Government is Supposed to Work
COMMON CENTS: Jay Leno On Obama’s IRS Scandal (Full Monologue)
Doug Ross@Journal: Out of the Mouths of Democrats, Perfect Quotes From “Arrested Development”
Eye of Polyphemus: The Three Stooges–Uncivil War Birds
Freedom Is Just Another Word…: Media Fail…Supports Isalm!
Fuzzy Logic: Why the #MarchAgainstMonsanto Matters to Conservatives
Hot Air: Did Eric Holder lie in Congressional testimony last week?
I’m a Man | I’m 41: Hillary Clinton Tell All: Bi-sexuality, Brain Cancer and Monica’s Baby!
iOwnTheWorld: Rubio has LONG history of blocking immigration enforcement
J O S H U A P U N D I T: AG Holder Perjures Himself Under Oath On Press Surveillance Scandal
Laughing Conservative: The Butcher of Woolwich: a Brit’s eye view
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Out with the old Republicans, in with the new Republicans
Libertas and Latte: Hiking In Memoriam
Libertarian Republican: Gays join EDL in march against Muslim immigrant violence on native Brits
Liberty at Stake: What, Am I Chopped Liver? (A Rant From Jack Wiley Dithers)
Maggie’s Notebook: Enough Is Enough
Manhattan Infidel: Skynet Bluescreens; Humanity Saved
Moonbattery: Islam + Open Borders = This Guy’s Dreams Come True
Motorcitytimes: The Right needs a conservative alternative to Katy Perry
NoOneOfAnyImport: Individuals Used To Matter
Nuke’s: What is the difference between the mentally ill and muslims?
Pirate’s Cove: Sigh: Now A Warmist Blames The War On Terror For Climate Change
Politics et al: Obama Can’t Have It Both Ways on Terror
Political Clown Parade: That From These Honored Dead
Political Realities: The Media To Barack Obama – Until Death Do Us Part
Proof Positive: Barack’s Brazen Benghazi Blunder
Randy’s Roundtable: Let The Good Times Roll
Restoring Liberty: By 22-Point Margin, Voters Favor Obamacare’s Repeal
Right Truth: MEMORIAL DAY 2013
Say Anything Blog: IRS Targeted Adoptive Parents For Audits
Spellchek: Apple not paying enough in taxes? Who should you be mad at?
teresamerica: Jesus VS. Muhammad
Texas Conservative News: Taking Charge of Our Own Healthcare
That Mr. G Guy’s Blog: Memorial Day Tribute To Fellow Air Force Vets…Videos
THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS: A SHARIA ZONE RISES IN THE HAGUE
The BLAZE: Gun Owners in Illinois One Step Closer to Major Victory
The Camp Of The Saints: Thought For The Day
The Classic Liberal: theCL Report: Becoming Dangerously Overactive
The Daley Gator: IRS Rewrites ObamaCare To Increase Taxes
The Foundry: Rumsfeld on Economic Freedom
The Lonely Conservative: Textbooks Rewriting History
THE OTHER McCAIN: Aggravating Circumstances: Against the #FreeKate Campaign for Sexual Anarchy
The Reaganite Republican: Reaganite’s SUNDAY FUNNIES
THE rightscoop: MSNBC host compares terrorist ‘hunger strikers’ in Gitmo to American slaves
The TexasFred Blog: Plausible Deniability – The Obama Administration Defined
Theo Spark: PUTTING UP THE FLAG
TOTUS: White House Fence Repair or how the Stimulus Plan works!
U.S. Constitutional Free Press: EDL leader to Muslims: What are you doing to stop Islamic extremism?
Virgina Right: COULD UKIP, the BRITISH version of the TEA PARTY, REALIGN BRITISH POLITICS?
Wake Up America: A Member Of The Left FINALLY Gets It – ‘Fourth Branch Of Government’…
WARD WORLD: Dan McLaughlin’s Timeline of Islamic Expansion In The Dark Ages
What Would The Founders Think: The Dependency Agenda By Kevin D. Williamson
WESTERN HERO: Legislating Common Sense
WyBlog: Amid swirling scandals Obama quietly advances his illegal alien amnesty plan
Zilla of the Resistance: Crisis Mode Freakout
Face-to-Face is good
Thanks for all the great articles. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!
Liberty forever, freedom for all!