I just find it amazing how many people think their own opinions are facts. Facts may be true or they may be false. But opinions are never lies. For
example, here is fact:
3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That's nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year. Parenthood is the
leading reason that teen girls drop out of school. More than 50% of teen mothers never graduate from high school.
Now in response to this fact, we could have a discussion around a public policy to address this issue based on the reported fact. Many people
believe government doesn't have a role in public policy. Many people believe the government should do NOTHING but spend tons of money on the
military. Again, facts and opinions are very different.
These statements are opinions:
1. Planned parenthood is good.
2. NRA is bad.
3. Gun control is bad.
4. Guns or butter, we spend way too much money on the military
Anytime you use the word "good" or "bad" it is an opinion not a fact. Opinions are never lies. And your own opinions are NOT facts. No matter how
many times you use the word "fact" to express your opinion, it is not a fact: "The fact is Hillary Clinton is corrupt and should be in prison."
Saying Hillary is a criminal is an opinion. If there are bank records showing money transfers to her personal account followed by quid pro quo
actions in the State Department that would be a fact that might result in an indictment. But unless you have real facts, Hillary will never be
indicted based on right wing opinions. Losing the election is the most punishment she will receive for being a right wing lightning rod of vitriol
Say you think planned parenthood is "good". And the fact you want to address with public policy is the number of children living in poverty:
About 15 million children in the United States – 21% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold, a
measurement that has been shown to underestimate the needs of families. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that
level to cover basic expenses.
My opinion would be planned parenthood is "good". We need to reduce the number of children living in poverty through birth control education and
handing out free condoms. Also, reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies would reduce the number of abortions in this country. How to address
the fact, or the best way to address the fact, is an opinion. Public policies, and ALL politics, is nothing but opinions. ALL political discussions
in response to facts are opinions.
You may have the opinion planned parenthood is a big waste of money. And the money given to planned parenthood should never be used to pay for
abortions. Not giving money to planned parenthood because they finance abortions is a very good opinion. However, the facts might actually show a
well funded planned parenthood would reduce the number of abortions every year which I do believe is what the studies show.
I think what is important is we as a people need to get to a place where we can have a civil conversation with regards to opinions and which political
facts are worth addressing with public policy. There's just way too much fandom in politics. It's almost like people are rooting for NFL football
teams yelling at each about which team is better.
We have political facts. We have political opinions. Please try to stop butchering the semantics of the language. We have too many problems in
this country to continue with insane political rhetoric for the purposes of scoring cheap political points.
edit on 7-11-2017 by dfnj2015 because: (no reason given)