Just take a look at this conversation:
@willspencer: Most "Libertarians" want Obama to win, because they are angry at America. @RedheadAndRight @glennmw @KurtSchlichter @tnacgal
@linoge_wotc: I assume this was sarcasm. RT @willspencer Most "Libertarians" want Obama to win, because they are angry at America.
@willspencer: Unfortunately, no. Instead, it is an honest evaluation of what I am seeing. @linoge_wotc [Note: Tweet successfully Memory Hole’d. Replicated from memory.]
@linoge_wotc: Your perception is wrong. I suspect recursive logical fallacies. RT @willspencer Instead, it is an honest evaluation of what I am seeing.
@linoge_wotc: [I'd] love a cite to a libertarian actually saying that. Just love one. RT @willspencer … therefore they deserve to suffer under Obama
@linoge_wotc: Exactly how big was that sample set? RT @willspencer In 2008, every Ron Paul supporter I knew voted for Obama
@linoge_wotc: And you would project the actions of thousands/millions based on that? #sigh RT @willspencer it was only about a dozen.
@linoge_wotc: Why? You haven’t even bothered to cite your sources yet. RT @willspencer But lets make this personal
@linoge_wotc: @willspencer The burden of proof is yours & thus far you’ve failed to shoulder it.
@linoge_wotc: It’s your job to substantiate your claims w/ these things called facts. Your refusal to do so & use of insults reflects poorly @willspencer
@linoge_wotc: Ways to prove your debate skills suck: Delete your side of it when you know you’ve lost. Too bad the internet is forever. @willspencer
@linoge_wotc: Do, please, explain how asking for evidence indicates a closed mind. RT @willspencer Your closed mind is a loss, not to me, but to yourself.
@linoge_wotc: More personal insults but not a single fact to be seen. Projection, methinks. RT @willspencer … because you are irrelevant
@linoge_wotc: Blocking someone who merely asked you to substantiate your position is the HEIGHT of close-mindedness. @willspencer #irony #fail
@linoge_wotc: Pathetic. @willspencer claims libertarians "want America to suffer under Obama". I ask for a citation showing that. He blocks me. #fail
(I apologize for the visual incongruity of my screencaptures coming from Twitter’s web interface and @willspencer’s screencaptures coming from TweetDeck, and I likewise apologize for not linking to half of the actual tweets blockquoted above. Apparently Will was so very ashamed of his inability to substantiate his opening statement that he went through and Memory Hole‘d his entire side of the conversation. Thankfully for those of us interested in maintaining the continuity of conversations, The Internet Is Forever.)
As I later said on Twitter, I have absolutely no patience for anyone, of any political or social affiliation, who cannot substantiate his or her claims with facts. I am willing to make allowances for religion, so long as they do not attempt to inflict that religion upon anyone who is not amenable, but if you are going to make a claim of, "X said Y", you had better have your sources lined up to point to.
And that is the sad thing of all of this; if Will Spencer had bothered to simply proffer up a good, old-fashioned hyperlink to an actual "libertarian" actually saying America "deserves to suffer under Obama" for rejecting something the libertarian in question held dear – you know, actual proof – then his whole bout of idiocy would have never transpired, and we could have debated the stupidity of the person in question. But he never did. He made some blanket statement, "backed it up" with furious hand-waving, and then acted like a petulant child when called on the carpet for it.
Do not do that.