The Fallacious, Vitiated and Suppurated Logic of ACA Alarmism
By Martin Hackworth
Grandiloquent elucidation from a classical-vacuous perspective is a veritable pinata to those who are neither fallacious nor illogical in their arguments with narcissists who believe that they are singularly qualified to stimulate thought, reflection and to provide factual information and superb teachable moments – oftentimes beyond the purview of mainstream reality. In all of this there is no dearth of evidence to suggest that one enamored of such beliefs must maintain an ego sufficiently large that it serves as it’s own source of gravity.
Such is the case with those who promulgate ACA (Affordable Care Act) alarmism. The specious belief that the health care system in this country is superbly efficient and wisely guided by god almighty, the constitution and benevolent market forces, reeks with strong undertones of fallacious logic and strong overtones of Jim Beam on the rocks. Usually, with those so copiously inculcated with the disorder known as liberal paucity of ACA logic (LILPU-CACA), one may feel compelled to pen a retort to their onerous missives, clarifying issues and addressing the areas where they have erred. Sometimes, however, it is more effective (not to mention enjoyable) to resort to a more visceral approach – mirthful chortling over their dearth of discernment and tortured epistemological pontifications. And that, Sparky, is what we are doing here.
Indeed, much of what constitutes ACA alarmism is based on fallacious logic, which invalidates and vitiates and suppurates the alarmist’s spurious claims. An example of such a specious and fallacious and vitiated and suppurated bit of logic is Mea cognitio est infallibilis. This fallacy confuses the absolute merits of one’s own opinion, sans any compelling evidence, with those of everyone else with an opinion and an internet connection. If I believe, for example, that the ACA is an unfettered socialistic threat – a belief that coincides with what I selectively glean from my stash of unassailable wisdom, the partisan blogosphere, I must be right, because it’s me, after all, doing all of the ciphering. This, of course, is an erroneous premise. The empirical results suggest that ACA is a potential boon to huge segments of the private sector – like insurance companies and doctors, which suddenly have legions of new customers. Some would refer to that as a success of what you call a mixed economy. Leeches!
Another example of the specious, fallacious, vitiated and suppurated logic practiced by ACA alarmists is the regression fallacy, which ascribes cause where none exists. This fallacy is created by failing to account for the fact that our current intransigent and inefficient system of health care is a stone around the neck of the U.S. Economy that affects our competitiveness in the world economy. To assert otherwise is to invoke quantum theory in the search for some outré parallel Universe in which, unlike this Universe, cause and effect are as unrelated as ACA alarmists currently maintain.
Yet another example of the specious, fallacious, vitiated and suppurated logic practiced by ACA alarmists (I mean really, can we please just start calling this SFVSL?) is the faulty generalization fallacy, where a broad generalization (ACA alarmism) is concluded from weak premises (I don’t like it). This fallacy seems to attach itself, through covalent bonding, directly to the inner psyche of ACA alarmists. It is part and parcel of their unassailable belief that they are the only people in the world that matter, and that if the rest of us were only as smart and virtuous and industrious as they, we’d all be able to afford cars without accidental lockout prevention.
ACA alarmists also rely heavily on the Argumentum poopieum ad nauseam, also known as the baffle ‘em with enough BS to make them ill argument, where a proposition that makes little sense anywhere except in some obscure corner of the internet is spread by three people using different pseudonyms, re-posting data from the same dubious link or links. This Sisyphean task, unfortunately, leaves little time for any examination of ideas other than those originating within the austere confines of their own dreary skulls. The tinnitus in there must be deafening. Oh the humanity!
Perhaps most egregious excess of ACA alarmism, however, is the alarmist’s appeal to emotion. Relying on the false premises of their arguments, ACA alarmists warn us of death panels, of an economy that will be thrown into ACA-induced turmoil (would that be before or after it is thrown into ACA alarmist-induced government shutdown turmoil?), that Uncle Sam himself, of garishly large head and leering smile, will be peeking up women’s skirts – presumably to figure out how to best wield that transvaginal probe those ACA alarmists and staunch defenders of individual rights in Virginia were apoplectically supportive of. Of course this argument takes root with only the most vacuous ventum saccum, poopie non computruit.
Except who knows anyone like that?
Associated Press and Idaho Press Club Award-winning columnist Martin Hackworth of Pocatello is a physicist and the editor of MotorcycleJazz.com.