Refraction (Bent Thinking) #54

Proof by Verbosity (argumentum verbosium, proof by intimidation) – submission of an argument too complex and verbose for others to reasonably deal with in all its intimate details. Refutation: Respond to one claim at a time and stay on point until that sub-issue has been dealt with thoroughly, then move to the next.  Example: Adam: Betty, due to human resource allocative demands, ever changing political enforcement personalities, ever stretched budgets, and the need for comprehensive and sustainable services for truly needy humans, reforming immigration is simply too complex to accomplish…we need to let things stay status quo. Side Note: Emotionally, we can be overwhelmed with the complexity of some issues, especially when dealing with national policy. This,however, should not dissuade us from confronting the issues head on. Parse out the individual problems, deal with them separately, determine the appropriate measures, allocate prioritized resources and implement… one step at a time, one day at a time.      

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