Guilt by Association
I just got a comment on a Facebook post I had made of one of Giorgia Meloni’s speeches, which I thought was wonderful. The comment was that she was a fascist, and of course that obliterated anything she might have said in her speech as being valid and worth listening to. When I read or hear someone make a speech about something, I do not think I pay much attention to who that person “is.” This isn’t always true, of course. Sometimes it is important to know if the person speaking or writing is a known liar, or a known criminal, or whatever. I guess it is about intentions. If you have reason to believe that someone isn’t trustworthy then their speech or writing may also not be trustworthy. I thought what Meloni SAID was right on, but whether or not she intends to do what she said in a way that doesn’t harm people, that’s a whole other story. I liked what she said, I don’t necessarily think she will make a good Prime Minister for Italy, she may or may not.
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