"Ad Hominem" as written by and Greg/gurewitz Graffin....
See all people in Afghanistan
Praying to the gods and living in the sand
Somebody's gonna have to set them free,
Nobody hears the call or command
But it's a long way to Harlem,
And a long stretch to the king of Siam
And if you don't have a penny,
Why should I give a damn?

Ad Hominem.
You think you're better than I am?
Ad Hominem.
You think you're better than I am

See all the suckers in the handout line
Living on scraps and they don't have a dime
Waiting for endless charity devoid of any sense of posterity
Well there's no Great Depression and there's no Great Society
And only few go to heaven, all the rest are damned and free

Ad Hominem.
You think you're better than I am?
Ad Hominem.
You think you're better than I am

I'm just a soft-cover version of a much harder tale
A walking resemblance of ruts in the trail
Is it possible to divide your ideas and beliefs
Ideas and beliefs
Ideas and beliefs from the people that you don't like?

Ad Hominem.
You think you're better than I am?
Ad Hominem.
You think you're better than I am


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"Ad Hominem" as written by Greg Graffin Brett W. Gurewitz

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    General CommentAd Hominem, Literally translated as "To the person" is an expression for an argument addressing, not the facts at hand but rather the character of the opposing party.

    It is a method often employed by the fervently religious against secular progression in virtually any way, as religion generally has the monopoly on a "source of morality" i.e. a deity whom hands down clean cut rules and regulations. While, since the primary purpose is to appeal to basic human emotions, an Ad Hominem argument can appeal greatly to sway minds, upon further inspection it often neglects to give any real answer to the question at hand.
    jtpowon October 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commentjtpow, That's a great example of ad hominem. One point of advice though. Don't blame someone of such a thing when you're doing it as well. We all do it. Even you. I find it very close minded to point out religios persons when there are millions of examples. How about every politician? You mommy and daddy. Your friends?
    I've been in the punk scene for many years and Bad Religion is my favorite band of all time. Does being religious make me less punk? NO! While you go along spouting out what your friends and bands say, I decided to think for myself and do what's best for me. But of course everybody knows what's best for you so you might be right. But remember, no Bad Religion song can make your life complete.
    manchezon February 09, 2011   Link
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    General Comment argument arising from or appealing to the emotions and not reason or logic
    *attacking an opponent's motives or character rather than the policy or position they maintain

    latin is hard and concise.
    splitdissonanceon October 01, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Comment"You must not be dedicated to your religion. You like the punk band Bad Religion" - Ad Hominem.
    BrandonJamesHollowon March 25, 2013   Link

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