Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

President Obama's Logical fallacies.

Very tough but informative interview yesterday between Bret Baier of Fox News and the President. Long time readers of this blog know that logical fallacies are sort of an interest of mine particularly in debate and discussion, so my ears really perked up when I heard the President make use of the Logical Dilemma Fallacy!

At about 1:31 President Obama asserts that a yes or no vote is a yes or no vote for or against health care reform. It's a fallacy because it maintains that this bill and only this bill is capable of bringing about health care reform. It also implies that if you are against this health care reform bill then you must oppose health care reform which is also not true. For example, I believe that there has to be some sort of health care reform, but I oppose many provisions in this bill, as do many other Americans. By stating and reiterating this vote as an all or nothing, I believe the president is falling into a blatant logical fallacy.

He falls into it again at about 2:10 when the President states that the American people are only concerned about their premiums going up and not the process. Again it is possible to be concerned about both but the President pretends that isn’t even an option.

The false dilemma fallacy appears to be his favorite when he uses it again at about 3:33 by framing a vote on the bill as a vote for the status quo or for health care reform. That’s not true. Again to reiterate, one can be for health care reform but not think that this is the best way to go about it. If this bill fails it doesn’t mean that there aren’t other bills that could be drafted that would be more reasonable and more likely to pass muster with the American people and get votes in congress.

Although I'm sure this is a frequent political ploy, I was actually a little surprised to see this particularly fallacy used this frequently by our Harvard-educated, former law professor, President.

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