I recently watched one of the Republican debates from the 2016 election runners and realized that aside from side stepping direct questions there were also several logical fallacies used.
One thing I’ve learned about politics and politicians themselves is that they often say things that they know people want to hear with the hope that no one will think too deeply on it so that the gaping holes in their arguments do not come to light. When watching the debate, several of the runners would would make huge jumps in their arguments, for example, something like: if I am elected president then America will be great again. There was often no real example given that spoke of how that would happen, just that them being in office would help make America great. On a surface level this sounds great because most people want to live in a great country, but upon deeper inspection it becomes clear that they haven’t actually said anything about how they’ll go about that.
Politicians often play off of the desires of the majority, because it is their job to know what the people want and to keep them happy. Telling people you’re going to do what they want is a really good way to get them to vote for you, but a lot of times they don’t say how they’re going to do it.
Logical fallacies in political debates help to pull people in in support of a politician without that politician really having to give specific information on how they plan on following through on anything. The result of this is that lots of people will vote for someone based on them saying they are going to do something that person wants even though they actually never really said how they plan to do it or if it’s even possible.The lack of a plan and the flawed arguments of politicians could be a reason why several times when politicians are elected presidents they don’t get all the things done that they said they would, granted it is difficult to get laws passed through all of the bodies of the government. Logical fallacies should be an early sign of someone who does not have all of the facts to back up their arguments and may have difficulties in putting their plans into action later.