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Indeed, most don't even grasp the elements of grammar, much less the harder logic, or the lofty heights of rhetoric. Are we so surprised that politicians, who generally are masters of rhetoric, can so consistently and easily confuse the argument among the many who have such trouble with even such basics?

I'd deny that politicians are 'masters of rhetoric' unless we are considering only the lowest forms. Mostly they grab a fallacious argument that works for them and just hammer it repeatedly. That's hardly inspired rhetoric of any kind.

And what about the Peewee Herman "So's your old man" type of response in an effort to derail an argument against which you have no basis to argue?

Very nice. If only we could get such critical thinking skills taught at the public schools.

Stephen,

Critical thinking skills are the last thing our leftist indoctrination centers (a.k.a. our schools) want to teach. If you have not already watched, I suggest you listen to Evan Sayet's address to the Heritage Foundation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c

I'd be happy if the schools would teach the three R's and authentic American history.

Isn't nonsense the definition of B.S.?

Steve, You're book will be dog eared and worn I'm sure at the end of this.

And all of this circus for the two parties to nominate someone after which we will have a choice between only 2 people.

I would suggest that this book is read in conjunction with "Straight and Crooked Thinking" by Robert Thouless. Also a useful tool for piercing political flimflam.

Somebody is selling the Thouless book for $150 at Amazon; must be a collectors item. A bit steep for me.

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