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Old 06-12-2019, 11:42 PM
The Other Waldo Pepper is offline
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Originally Posted by BigT View Post
Sigh. This isn't Alice in Wonderland. You cannot make words mean whatever you want them to mean. kaylasdad was not manipulative--he didn't trick anyone or coerce them into doing anything. It's simple logic. Decent people do not use 'illegals' as a noun Typo Negative used 'illegals' as a noun. Therefore Typo Negative is not a decent person.

This is, of course, understatement. He far worse than just indecent. But he is not ever referred to as less than human. So he was not dehumanized, either.
You’re leaving out a word, there; the phrase was “human decency”. The point was to emphasize that someone who uses that word as a noun doesn’t merely lack decency, but lacks human decency and doesn’t even aspire to human decency.

(You know, if he meant that literally — which, if he’s anything like you, ain’t at all a safe conclusion; it’s still possible he might try the same backpedal.)

The purpose is obvious: to call out the guy for his bigoted little tirade, where he was so unhinged he used a slur. He is, at the very least, "not a decent person." I admire kaylasdad's restraint.
You’re stopping short: you say the goal is to call him out; why? What’s he trying to accomplish by ‘calling him out’ when stating that he lacks human decency?