I read an article today that was posted on Facebook that gave “Seven Snappy Comebacks for Those Lame Anti-“Occupy” Talking Points.” In an age when public debate is primarily held on our rear bumpers, this doesn’t surprise me.
If I went to a church and the pastor stood up on Sunday and said “Here are seven snappy ways to come back at people who object to Christianity!” I would think he either needs to get out of his study and interact with people or he really doesn’t understand Christianity. I don’t think politics are all that different in this regard.
Also, I hate the word “snappy.”
The article begins:
Lame, pat, pre-packaged putdowns of Occupy Wall Street: We all deal with ‘em, whether we’re arguing with a neighbor, appearing on Fox, or answering the jeers of relatives who’ve just received a chain email that “really puts the protesters in their place.”
Here are a few easy comebacks for your next argument.
Translation: Look how stupid those people are using their lame, pat, pre-packaged, putdowns. Here are some lame, pat, pre-packaged putdowns you can use.
By the way, if what is meant by “argument” is a “quarrel” then by all means, soundbite and quip away until you out-perform your opponent. But if what you mean is “rational discourse” then let’s stop reducing everything to “snappy” talking points.
Man, I hate that word.
Anyway, here are a couple of the seven “comebacks.”
3.They say “But it’s hypocritical to buy corporate products and then protest corporations!” You say “You sound like a Communist.”
Sorry, but I have to quote more on this one because their “snappy comeback” unfortunately has to be elaborated on. Thus making it ineffective as a “snappy” (gah!) comeback.
That’s right – like a Communist. I spent a lot of time in Eastern Europe as protests very much like these were overthrowing the Soviet empire. You know what the old-timers in those countries said back then? They said “These people are protesting the State, but they’re wearing clothes made at state-run factories and waving signs made with state resources! What hypocrites!”
(Well, they said it in Hungarian, or Czech, or Polish. But the meaning was the same.)
Tell your debate opponents they sound just like old Commies as they defend the uncompetitive, inflexible, and totalitarian system the corporations now run. Don’t blame the demonstrators. They can’t operate within the new system until we’ve reformed the old one.
That’s why they’re protesting.
This point is an insult to those who opposed Soviet Communism. So our system is uncompetitive? Maybe it is competetive and we’ve bred a generation unwilling to compete. Inflexible? In what regard is it inflexible? There are some things I like being inflexible…like the foundation of my house. Totalitarian?
The 20 million men, women, and children murdered by Stalin are asking you to stop talking now.
7. They say “Ha ha! Look at that bearded guy in the sandals!” You say “Hmmm … A bearded guy in sandals protesting the moneylenders. Where have we seen that before?”
It’s fascinating how often Jesus shows up in these conversations. It’s a respect for a Jesus based on the selective use of history.
I just need to point out that Jesus didn’t protest moneylenders to reform an oppressive government (though the Jews had been subjugated to Rome’s rule.) He made a whip and drove them out of the temple. So, sure…let’s do like he did. Put on sandals, grow beards, and become completely consumed by our zeal for God’s holiness.
I would spend more time elaborating on the other points, but I’m self-employed. And now I have to go compete for some money to buy food.