"America`s Voice," which the Washington Post described today as "an umbrella group of immigrant advocate organizations", is as Patrick Cleburne writes tonight, attacking FAIR, telling Congress that they shouldn`t meet with FAIR, and attempting to de-legitimatize FAIR in the public eye. It`s amusing that the webpage they`ve put up to do it called http://americasvoiceonline.org/page/content/fightfair/, with the web page title being America`s Voice | It`s Time to Fight F.A.I.R. Of course, fighting fair is exactly what they`re not doing. This is the form of ad hominem attack called "poisoning the well," a term first used by Catholic Convert John Henry Newman in the 19th century. Newman wrote
"I am henceforth in doubt and fear," [Newman`s enemy Charles Kingsley had written], "as much as any honest man can be, concerning every word Dr. Newman may write. How can I tell that I shall not be the dupe of some cunning equivocation?" ... Well, I can only say, that, if his taunt is to take effect, I am but wasting my time in saying a word in answer to his calumnies; and this is precisely what he knows and intends to be its fruit. I can hardly get myself to protest against a method of controversy so base and cruel, lest in doing so, I should be violating my self-respect and self-possession; but most base and most cruel it is."
Of course,Â Kingsley`s attempt to make people believe that whatever Newman said, he might be be lying isn`t nearly as bad as what America`s Voice wants. They don`t just want FAIR not to be believed, they don`t want them to be heard at all. And of course, that goes double for VDARE.com.