From Purple Hearts to Pink Badges

“Am I alone in suspecting that most fallacious arguments—those tedious rules of the rhetorical road—were cooked up by stuck-up mediocrities to keep their betters from winning debates?

Some of them are sound, of course. Tune in to any cable news program at random and you’ll behold species of straw men that would put Ray Bolger to shame.

But let’s face it: Some slopes are slippery, and “association” can be a pretty darn accurate indicator of “guilt.”