Americans have lost the art of honest debate. Perhaps better stated, we have thrown it away. Advocates on all sides of political and cultural spectrums cynically manipulate public opinion through focus group“tested obfuscating words and phrases rather than persuade through candid and accurate descriptions of advocacy agendas.
I have grappled with this tactic for over twenty years as an activist against the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. When I first engaged the issue in 1993, the Hemlock Society was the nations foremost organization advocating legalized physician-assisted suicide. Talk about candor in advocacy”hemlock was the poison swallowed by Socrates to carry out his death sentence, and the slogan of the organization was good life, good death. No confusion or pretense about the agenda there.
But look what happened. The Hemlock Society eventually merged with one of its own offshoots, Compassion in Dying, to form Compassion and Choices. Talk about euphemistic