[I]f your arguments in favor of amnesty are as potent as you think they are (and you must think they're potent, because, like Obama, you seem to think the only possible objection is racism and hatred), why not actually share them with the group?[blink blink]
You can't convince people of your position if you refuse to state what it is and the reasons for it. [emphasis in original]
That's some pure, distilled truth right there, with far-reaching ramifications on any topic, be it immigration/amnesty, free speech, or gun rights. Someone who won't state their position, let alone argue it:
- Doesn't trust you enough to share where they really stand.
- Doesn't trust that you won't overreact and/or get violent if you happen to disagree.
- Doesn't believe you are worth discussing important issues with, as fellow adults.
- Doesn't feel they need to earn your support (but still feels entitled to it).
- At the end of the day, doesn't respect you at all.
Basically, it comes down to politicians telling their constituents, "I believe what I believe, for the reasons I believe it … which I'm choosing not to share right now … or ever. Because I say so*!"
Y'know, as if we're small children.
That's not how mature adults interact with each other. Suffice it to say, that's absolutely not how elected officials should be treating their voters.
Something to consider this election season. Vote accordingly.
* - "… and if you don't agree, you must be a [insert personal insult, probably an '-ist' word]!"