I wanted to make history

Here's an entertaining misuse of an argument schema (or topic as they were once called):

KRAUTHAMMER: It’s only nine times the length of the Gettysburg Address, and Lincoln was answering an easier question, the higher purpose of the union and soldiers who fell in battle. The president had an easy answer. He could have said I wanted to make history with health care and to do it I have to raise your taxes. … End of answer.

He's talking about Obama's response to a question about health care and taxes–a response that went 17 minutes.  Aside from the fact that Krauthammer's argument just blows, as the Gettsyburg address wasn't a response to a specific question about policy, the form of this argument is ludicrous.  Imagine–every policy matter less important than the preservation of the Union (or the tyranny of Northern aggression, depending on your viewpoint) must be discussed for a time commensurate with its relationship to the Gettsyburg Address.

2 thoughts on “I wanted to make history”

  1. Gosh, and here I thought the Gettysburg Address was an extemporaneous response to a specific question from a citizen.  And how strange that discussing general principles takes shorter time than explaining specific mechanisms.  I guess this means we can compare all of Krauthammer's writing to Lincoln's, though – I'll rate Dr. K as "much more disingenuous, and in worse prose."   

  2. There are plenty of blog entries out there discussing more important things that do so with fewer words. Your post is too long.

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