Sowing doubt prevents logic
Let’s get beyond this “heroic patriot vs. the socialist Luddite” narrative. The most powerful tool in the dissenter’s repertoire is doubt. Once sown, it can be difficult to dismiss. But, as powerful as it may be, it is as equally inauthentic, and it highlights either a lack of imagination or an inability (or at least an unwillingness) to go toe-totoe in the arena of logical reasoning.
I think it’s safe to say that a legitimate fear of an American communist state is behind us. The ideology of centralized socialism has been weighed, measured and found wanting. So, instead of predicating a stance on a worn-out argument, come to the table with something defensible, or stay home.
What’s even more dangerous than the deliberate misrepresentation of facts is a skewed perspective of reality. Mr. Lyman may not have driven all the way down Recapture Canyon, and Mr. Ivory may not have borne arms inside that Oregon wildlife refuge, but their spirits were alive and well in the hearts and minds of their ideological constituents.