I try to admit when I've been caught in a gotcha or otherwise been hit by a response I'm unprepared to match. And this naturally happens quite a bit, because politics revolves around extremely complex issues. It's a constant learning process.
For example, while I may not agree with Major Tom on... pretty much anything with regards to ideal policies, I have learned quite a bit from arguing with him. It's important to have critics who aren't afraid to point out genuine failures in a system, so that system can be improved and those failures can be stamped out.
The biggest difference usually comes in at deciding the solution - one side wants to improve a system that's already in place, while another wants to tear it down and replace it with something else. And that's where there can really be no real coming to mutually acceptable compromises, I think, because both sides are working from fundamentally different assumptions about the role of government in human society. Really, when you still have people, at this point of historically low taxation, seriously hating on taxes, it's a sign of how miraculous it is that government even works at all from one day to the next. Because there are a fair amount of people who just don't want the government to exist in a noticeable way in the first place.
I think a lot of times, the discussion jumps right along to the solution part, and then there's really nothing else to do but yell at each other because you're operating from such completely different povs.
edited 28th May '11 7:58:26 AM by Karkadinn
Furthermore, I think Guantanamo must be destroyed.