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HAWORTH: Nancy Pelosi, The Hijacker Of Emotion

With the political landscape becoming ever more chaotic, politicians have been in constant battle across a broad range of issues. One of their most effective, and illogical, weapons is the “emotional appeal” – an argument which aims to emotionally manipulate opponents rather than debate using factual evidence.

Ben Shapiro famously lambasted Piers Morgan for “standing on the graves” of Sandy Hook victims in order to bully those who opposed his views regarding gun control. Exactly the same emotional arguments are commonly used by gun control activists and politicians alike, often without any supporting factual evidence that their proposed policies would have any positive effect.

Manipulating someone’s emotions through sympathy or guilt does not require a factual foundation, however, it is highly effective when employed by ideological bullies. Especially in our current climate, people who are afraid of being labeled “sexist,” “racist,” “uncaring,” or “unsympathetic” are often pressured into submission by the Left, despite the lack of any objective evidence.

Democrats have been employing this strategy heavily in recent weeks during the government shutdown. Social media and news outlets are inundated with faux-outrage from Democrats, who use individuals affected by the shutdown as the reason President Donald Trump and the Republicans must end the shutdown. For them, the fact that Trump would have to abandon his promised “border wall” is presumably a delightful consequence. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has accused Trump of holding the federal workers hostage:

“[Donald Trump], stop holding the paychecks of 800,000 Americans hostage. There is no reason for them to be suffering right now. Re-open the government! #TrumpShutdown,” Pelosi tweeted.

Potential presidential candidate Kamala Harris has unsurprisingly jumped on the virtue-signalling bandwagon:

There are 42,300 federal workers in CA currently affected by the government shutdown. They’re the TSA agents who protect our flights and air traffic controllers who help land our planes. They’re park rangers and Coast Guard members. They don’t need a wall — they need a paycheck.

Finally, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer tweeted:

800,000 federal employees are without pay. I want President Trump to see these faces and hear these stories. President @realDonaldTrump: You are treating these fine men and women as pawns. Look at the pain and suffering you’re causing.

Instead of debating the efficacy of the border wall, the Democrats criticize Trump for refusing to end the shutdown, while willingly ignoring the fact that they could end the shutdown immediately. It’s illogical for the Left to argue that the “victims” are worth enough for Trump to fold, but not worth enough for the Democrats to fold. It is also illogical for politicians like Nancy Pelosi to stand on the shoulders of victims who are politically-profitable, while also refusing to engage with victims who do not share her political view – such as “angel moms.”

This hypocrisy remains hidden by the absolute bias of mainstream media, who refuse to question the Democrats’ subjective sympathy. Partnered with Rep. Alexandria Ocatio-Cortez’s (D-NY) viewpoint that being “morally right” is more important than factual accuracy, the Democrats are left free to continue emotionally-hijacking political discourse.

We should have sympathy for the workers affected by the shutdown, however, we cannot let sympathy alone drive policy, or worse, blind us to reality. We cannot allow this monopolization of self-professed morality to continue, as the Democrats replace factual evidence with emotional manipulation in an attempt to hinder the progress of conservative policy. Pelosi and the Democrats must agree to face conservatives on an ideological battlefield using factual evidence. If they insist on hiding in the emotional arena, they must finally be willing to answer why some victims matter, and some do not.

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