Skip to comments.Liberals' Logical Fallacy of the Day: Tu Quoque (On Executive Privileges)
Posted on 06/20/2012 4:48:23 PM PDT by therightliveswithus
In case you have never heard of a logical fallacy, they are quite simple to understand. As the dictionary defines it, a logical fallacy is "a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning."
The Left loves to roll them out all the time, as I am certain you are aware. Today, however, with President Obama declaring executive privileges on damning documents concerning Fast and Furious, liberals have relied very heavily on one specific fallacy: tu quoque.
Tu quoque, or "you too," is very simple to understand as well. It's pretty much being a hypocrite; it is when someone does something wrong, then says that no one can correct them because they did it too. So, for example, if a former smoker tells someone to quit smoking because it is unhealthy, the other person will say, "You used to smoke, therefore you have no authority and smoking is healthy."
When it comes to Fast and Furious and executive privileges, the Left attempts to defend the indefensible by arguing tu quoque as much as humanly possible. One extremely common fallacy is displayed below, taken from the Huffington Post:
(Excerpt) Read more at punditpress.com ...
Why expect lifelong liars and connivers to suddenly have an attack of conscience?
Obviously, the Right Thing will have to be done not only without them but in spite of them.
Holder’s contempt is Zippy’s privilege.
And then there’s the Straw Man fallacy, most commonly practiced by Bob Beckel on “The Five”, as in today’s whopper: “You’re saying Fast and Furious is as bad as Watergate? - that’s absurd (laughing)” (right after no one had compared F and F to Watergate) - Bob usually tosses out at least five such doozies every day - I like to count ‘em......