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The American Trinity: Patriot-Approved

October 27, 2009

The American Trinity at Prager University.  Their motto is “Give us 5 minutes and we’ll give you a semester.”

  1. Spin Sir permalink
    November 1, 2009 11:24 am

    You should title your cartoon series “The Slippery Slope.” Also Known as: The Camel’s Nose.
    Description of Slippery Slope

    The Slippery Slope is a fallacy in which a person asserts that some event must inevitably follow from another without any argument for the inevitability of the event in question. In most cases, there are a series of steps or gradations between one event and the one in question and no reason is given as to why the intervening steps or gradations will simply be bypassed. This “argument” has the following form:

    1. Event X has occurred (or will or might occur).
    2. Therefore event Y will inevitably happen.

    This sort of “reasoning” is fallacious because there is no reason to believe that one event must inevitably follow from another without an argument for such a claim. This is especially clear in cases in which there is a significant number of steps or gradations between one event and another.
    Examples of Slippery Slope

    1. “We have to stop the tuition increase! The next thing you know, they’ll be charging $40,000 a semester!”

    2. “The US shouldn’t get involved militarily in other countries. Once the government sends in a few troops, it will then send in thousands to die.”

    3. “You can never give anyone a break. If you do, they’ll walk all over you.”

    4. “We’ve got to stop them from banning pornography. Once they start banning one form of literature, they will never stop. Next thing you know, they will be burning all the books!”

    • Hugo permalink*
      November 3, 2009 1:20 pm

      Interesting take on the ‘toon, Spin Sir. Forget the “slope.” I thought we were falling off a cliff when the President candidate said that he wanted to “remake” and “transform” America. What? I said. Did he say, “Remake a pie?” … Remake America? Is he serious? And people cheered. Now skip to the 3rd segment of the caricature, please. Why do we want a “civilian national security force” that is just as powerful, strong, and well-funded as our military? Who is he or who should we be afraid of inside our country to warrant such an idear? Got me. While I appreciate your insight, I don’t believe there is any “fallacious” dimension to my pencil sketch drawing. If you don’t believe that the bigger the government the smaller the people, then you will enjoy the slippery slide. For me, it’s a high-friction and one-time descent to a place I don’t want to be. Just like when I was 7 and that kid Vincent What’s-His-Name pushed me down the big rusty slide, I’ll go fighting and screaming the whole way.


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