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No, actually, it's not like that.

So Mike Huckabee -- about whom I'd previously formed a sort of vaguely disapproving opinion -- catapulted himself into my mental DO NOT WANT enclosure when I happened yesterday to catch this charming sound bite I'd managed to miss a few days before.



On YouTube.

Completely aside from the moral repugnance of equating a child with a house, the only way the analogy even works is if the pre-existing condition in question is death. Prime example of why I hate the way analogies are used in political debate at pretty much any level.

Cake or death, people. Is it really that hard to grasp the absurdity of the device?

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tricksterquinn
Sep. 24th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
You mean you WEREN'T dead yesterday and trying to get insurance today?
wiliqueen
Sep. 24th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
Damn, you caught me!
thefannishwaldo
Sep. 24th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
Wow, that... that really is a special level of stupid.
wiliqueen
Sep. 24th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
It's pretty impressive.
lyssie
Sep. 24th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
....that analogy...

wtf.

wiliqueen
Sep. 24th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure you can even properly call it one!
damedini
Sep. 24th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
I'm speechless!
wiliqueen
Sep. 24th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I wonder if that isn't the desired effect. :-P
amilyn
Sep. 24th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
I played this here and b1uemorpho pointed out that she used to inspect houses for an insurance company and she would measure them, photograph them, and note the general condition...and that EVERY house could be insured whether it was in great condition or average condition or had a rotting roof and stuff hanging out of the gutters...the condition just affected the insurance rates, and that even if a house was FALLING DOWN, there was a GOVERNMENT insurance option available for ANY property that all other insurance rejected. The burned-down house, well, no, they didn't insure that, as you all said, just like you don't insure dead people.

*grumble*
wiliqueen
Sep. 24th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Look at you and your logic! Aren't you cute?

Wankers.
therealjae
Sep. 24th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
He seems to be arguing that you shouldn't be able to insure your house if you have a persistently leaky sink.

-J
wiliqueen
Sep. 24th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
That would indeed be the logical analogy, if you had to draw one.
houndentenor
Sep. 26th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
I keep forgetting everyone else wasn't raised Southern Baptist. I grew up in the town where Huckabee was a preacher at another church. His wife worked for my mom. He's a smart guy but he says dumb things. And he says dumb things because religious fundamentalism does not require logical thinking. It doesn't require anyone to think about the consequences of their words or actions. It just means saying things that sound like they could be true to your audience who also won't think too hard about what you said.

At least half the time if you can get one of these fundies away from the pack you can get them to admit that what was just said to them really doesn't make sense. But it doesn't stick. They go right back to church and get this nonsense reinforced.

wiliqueen
Sep. 26th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
I understand intellectually how the mentality works. Too bad that just makes it more frustrating that it gets play in our politics. *wry g*
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