Reason, logic and passion
I've repeated many times that when I argue with a lefty, I don't want to win the argument, I want to win a convert. And I fail, even when I use logic, reason, history,economics (other than the economics of Marx or Keynes), the Bible, the Federalist papers, etc. And why?
Well the first quote is from Hamilton and Madison. The second, that I use, is from Jonathan Swift. Both joined at the intellectual hip:
"In all very numerous assemblies, of whatever character composed, passion never fails to wrest the sceptre from reason. ... Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob." -- Alexander Hamilton and James Madison (Federalist No. 55, 15 February 1788) (from http://PatriotPost.US/histdocs/ )
"It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into" Swift
As I told my friend the other night "With lefties, their passions determine their logic. I attempt to let logic and reason determine my passion."