Someone Take The Wheel
12.03.2003
  You Just Don't Get It

Good article about the discussion/exchange of ideas-ending buzzphrases that deaden the mind:

Two phrases should be banned from political arguments, public and private: "you just don't get it" and "liberal bias."

People who get frothy when arguing about politics these days employ these two phrases -- code words, really -- as sanctimonious trump cards that end debate, victoriously. "You think Howard Dean is all wet on special interests? You just don't get it. You lose, shut up." "You needle President Bush for saying the bombings in Iraq are a sign of progress? You're a stooge of liberal bias. You lose, shut up." You don't need an ear trumpet to get blasted by these bursts of empty air daily.

These phrases are substitutes for thought. They replace argument and articulation with assertion and insult.

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Rip out the table
we need room to move
in a life unstable
you're so easily amused
anywhere you hang
yourself is home
throw in a tape, fix the tone

The windows are dirty let's hope it rains
add another newspaper
something to do with my change
I see we're fighting again
In some fucking land
throw in another tape man

Someone take the wheel
and I don't know where we're going
anybody say what you feel
everybody's sad, but nobody's showing

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