Tuesday, November 06, 2012

A Few Last thoughts on @WoodworthMP (for now)

Stephen Woodworth (Kitchener Centre) is a fairly regular user of Twitter. As such, he often responds to questions from us common folk. You'll note I use the word "respond" rather than "answer". Mr Woodworth responds to questions with questions or criticism of the question and the questioner. These cute little rhetorical games he likes are no more that a beginners' clinic in logical fallacy. 

I have found that he tends to favor my smart-ass questions with responses, over my straight and serious questions. This is frustrating as I tend to go smart-ass after my serious questions have continually suffered the old deny and deflect. I have a theory... If I'm being a smart-ass, in a sense, I'm building his straw man for him. It is that smartassery that he holds up as the core of the matter so he can knock it down and again avoid the subject. A lazy debater uses logical fallacy so what does it mean when a debater seeks out pre-made fallacies?

I don't know if Woodworth's heart is even in the game anymore. After all, one can only get so much life satisfaction out of being a back-bench bobblehead who's only purpose is to rubber stamp the dreams and desires of a megalomaniac. 

Stephen might already be considering a move to a more fulfilling career. If I may, I would strongly suggest against high school debating coach.


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