I know this is a somewhat contentious things to ask and it may even be a GQ rather than a GD because I honestly don’t know the answer and I’m not from the US.
Over the last year with the healthcare reform debates I’ve been amazed at the level of what can only be referred to as out and out lies passing around the news channels and public forums. I kept hearing the term “death panels” and finally asked what one of these was from someone who said this all related to an argument about how in other countries, like in the UK, old and disabled people’s cases are put in front of panels for review and if they’re not considered a good use of money they don’t get treatment and are left to die, and given that this is a feature of publicly funded healthcare it was part of the argument against it.
“But that’s just not true?!?!?!?” was my immediate exclamation, yet it seemed to be one of the major pillars of the argument against healthcare reform that I read about. Same as what was being discussed in this thread, another stated-as-fact argument being a complete pile of bullshit.
Now I’m not saying that political debate in the UK never strays into the realms of the ridiculous sometimes, but I can’t think of the last time a major government policy was argued against with complete fabrications by the opposition parties, or indeed of newspapers using made up positions as a clarion call for dissent. Instead you either say why the policy won’t work or why your idea is better, you don’t use made up evidence to support your position.
Can someone shed some light on this because it genuinely perplexes me - it doesn’t really say a lot for the integrity of US politics. As a follow up question, is it just the right that does this as I can’t think of any BS arguments put forward by the American left like this.