Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Non sequitur

Call the bad reasoning police! A woman at a party some of my family members attended was asked about the health care reform bill. Her answer: I support it because I'm a liberal. I believe this response falls into the category of the non sequitur (does not follow). Howard Dean is a liberal when I last checked, and he hates the health care bill. A Label like "liberal" cannot rationally be used to explain a position. It would be just as fallacious to say "I'm against abortion because I'm conservative." There has to be some sort of logical justification for the position taken.

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