Arguing from authority – by making up the authority

I’ve noticed a rash of spurious “quotations” from famous people in recent weeks, focusing on the debate about the Second Amendment and gun “rights”, but also spreading to encompass almost every aspect of individual liberties and freedoms.  It troubles me that people aren’t taking the time to verify the sources they cite so glibly;  and it troubles me even more that many of those sources are imaginary, to a greater or lesser extent.  The individuals named as sources never said what they’re alleged to have said, rendering spurious any arguments based on those quotations. Here, for example, is something Thomas Jefferson never said –

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Quote of the day

Received via e-mail, original source unknown: That would certainly solve most of our problems, political, social, economic and cultural.  Sadly, few people are willing to do so.  They always want someone else to do it – and pay for it as well. Peter

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From SNAFU Solomon, talking about the latest bad news concerning the F-35’s problems: I won’t say he lied, but I do think he twisted the facts so hard that it would take a battalion of chiropractors to straighten things out. Peter

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