Wholly misleading half truth: Non-essential


There are things that have to run 24×7. Law enforcement, ambulances and hospitals, fire dept., 911 dispatch, etc. Those are called essential.

Some non-essential employees fulfill other functions, which have to be fulfilled for the essentials to happen. If payroll doesn’t pay the police, if the fire department doesn’t have access to the budget for fuel, or if the 911 dispatch center gets disconnected from electricity because the bill wasn’t paid, what happens? How about if the roads that the ambulance needs to get to your house aren’t maintained, even though they aren’t maintained during a snow storm? Or the court system that takes people arrested by the police and sends them to prison or sets them free? Those are all non-essential on a 24×7 basis. They can all take a week off to avoid dying in snow related accidents. But if they took much longer than that, there would be effects.

Bad Comparison: Dissimilar Events

This is not a valid argument, because the two events were very different.

In Garland, TX it was an event guaranteed to upset Muslims. The event organizers, very prudently, hired guards to keep the events safe. An attack was expected, guards were there, and it was resolved successfully.

In San Bernardino, CA the attack was unexpected. While having CHL holders might have helped matters, we cannot be sure. People are much easier to attack when they think they are safe. Therefore, this comparison is invalid. A better comparison would be to an unexpected act of violence, such as this one.

Strawman: The Inconsistent Immigrant

There are several issues here.

  1. Nobody claims that all immigrants (or even just all illegal immigrants) are the same. There is no logical contradiction between believing that Jose, who is a much harder worker than I am, will “steal” my job and believing that Ramon will be too lazy to work and end up supported by the government one way or another.
  2. The meme says “immigrant”. This is another strawman, because the public policy argument is only about immigrants who are violating immigration law.

h/t Robert Boyer and David Burkhead

Out of Context Quote: Bernie Sanders didn’t support rape in 1972

Yes, he wrote that. However, in context he is talking about a pathology. He is no more supportive of rape than a doctor is supportive of AIDS. Here is what he writes a few paragraphs later:

Many women seem to be walking a tightrope now. Their qualities of love, openness, and gentleness were too deeply enmeshed with qualities of dependency, subservience, and masochism.

I’d like to thank Dawn Geisler for bringing this meme and article combo to my attention.