Posted by: Jeff | May 4, 2010

Hyperbole is Bad Policy

Ross Douthat:

If you don’t like what Arizona just did, the answer isn’t to scream “fascist!” It’s to demand that the federal government do its job, so that we can have the immigration system that both Americans and immigrants deserve.

Absolutely true.  But the reverse is also absolutely true.  Calling Republicans/Arizonans “fascist” is about as dumb as calling Democrats “socialists” – it does absolutely nothing to further policy discourse and makes name-callers look ridiculous.  Instead we get talking heads on MSNBC and Fox News lobbing insults rather than policy proposals or critiques.


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