A recent incident involving Georgia congresswomen (She punched a cop when he tried to stop her from bypassing the metal detector) brought to my attention a method used by politicians/pundits when taking responsibility for their actions isn’t an option, playing the trump. In this case McKinney played a very powerful card:
“I don’t understand exactly why it is that certain police officers have a problem remembering my face,” McKinney said, noting that she is one of 14 black women among the 535 members of Congress. “The issue is racial profiling, and that’s something that we’re going to have to deal with as a country.” (CNN.com)
McKinney, like every other politician busted for doing something stupid, deflects the discussion about her to the face value of the trump. In this situation it was the “Race” card. After showing her hand McKinney was able to avoid inquiries concerning the incident and lay blame on the other person at the same time. BRILLIANT!
It seems to me that every party and most pundits/politicians carry these political trump cards at the ready to throw down whenever they are backed into a corner or have nothing else to contribute to a debate.
For example, President Bush throws his trump cards around like he was playing “52 pickup” at every news conference and “town hall” meeting. Question his executive authorities? BAM!! He slams The “War on Terror” card IN YOUR FACE! Can’t answer a domestic question? FLICK!! The “Economy” card flutters down from the podium into the clapping hands of his unquestioning followers.
The Democrats are the same, whipping out their “Katrina” and “Abramoff” cards to squelch criticism or draw attention away from their lack of direction on key issues.
The decks are stacked in both parties and all we ever see is one side trying to out-trump the other and who knows what they have up their sleeves.
To me the trump cards are nothing more than “dodge and weave” talking-points that I personally detest and would like to avoid using myself. So my question to everyone is, what are the Libertarian trump cards? Are there any? What catchphrase do you hear Libertarians use when they hit a snag in their argument or aren’t knowledgeable enough to debate a particular topic?
If the Libertarian trump cards are out there, put them on the table so I can discard them from future discussions… the last thing I want to do is deal a potential party member a bunch of crap. They get enough bluffing already…