It’s called the association fallacy, better known as guilt by association, and stands as a pillar of thoughtless partisanship. It goes something like this: if you agree with an avowed communist on a particular issue, you must be a communist.
Such has been the accusation leveled against yours truly for supporting a bipartisan effort in my state to restore voting rights to felons on probation or parole. Never mind the facts. Never mind the arguments. We’re going to simplify our analysis to whether we like the people on a particular side of an issue.
— Walter Hudson (@WalterHudson) April 15, 2015
Rand Paul has endured many association fallacies in the week since his presidential campaign announcement. He’s the candidate “closest to Obama,” didn’t you know? Such attacks prove shameful from the side of the political spectrum which claims to revere intellect over emotion.