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I came across this post from “Defiant Ls,” which shows not only the blatant hypocrisy of Rep. Anna Eskamani and so many others who share her political views, but also their disturbing practice of presuming the truth of what they are trying to prove.
In particular, the use of the term “election denier” demonstrates the intolerance and authoritarianism of the left.
When you call someone a “denier,” you are presuming that the thing in question is true and therefore that the person is wrong to deny it.
The use of the term “election denier” presumes that the election was legitimate.
The use of the term “Holocaust denier” presumes that the Holocaust happened.
The use of the term “climate denier” presumes that climate change is occurring.
The use of the term “science denier” presumes that the scientific findings in question are correct.
I could continue giving more examples, but I think you get the point.
The problem is not the act of claiming that an election was legitimate, or that the Holocaust happened, or that climate change is actually occurring. In fact, I would probably agree with these claims. The problem is presuming these things. A person should never presume the thing that they are trying to prove, no matter how obvious they believe that thing is.
If you believe something, you need to state it, as opposed to presuming it.
If you believe that a person is wrong, you need to state that, as opposed to presuming it by calling that person a “denier.”
Presuming the truth of what you are trying to prove implies that there are no possible views that a person could have, other than your own. It doesn’t even allow for the possibility of alternative views existing. And that is the ultimate in intolerance and authoritarianism.