Thu Jan 24, 2013, 05:56 PM
trof (46,253 posts)
"The fact of the matter is..." and "Americans want (or don't want)..." PSA:
When you hear a politician, almost always a Republican, preface a statement with either of these two phrases, you can bet you're about to hear something that's just not true and you'll win that bet 99.99% of the time.
"The fact of the matter" never is a fact.
You're supposed to believe it's a fact because they just told you it is.
Don't fall for this.
When a politician says "Americans want this" or "Americans don't want that" he's really just expressing his (or her) personal opinion about something he's either for or against.
Sometimes they'll say "ALL Americans" or "MOST Americans".
No office holder from a STATE speaks for ALL, or most, or really even ANY Americans except possibly those who elected him.
And he may just be speaking for lobbyists who have paid him big bucks to be 'for' or 'against'.
The only elected official who COULD claim to speak for 'all' or 'most' Americans is the president of the United States. And sometimes he gets it wrong.
I hope this PSA has been of some benefit and will help you to make more informed decisions in the future.
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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:06 PM
Buns_of_Fire (9,699 posts)
7. "Most Americans...": One of their more annoying habits.
But then, they've got so many annoying habits, I've just found it easier to mentally "switch off" whenever they open their mouths.