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Logical Fallacies

Another commonly used fallacy is known as the Bandwagon Fallacy. The name comes from the phrase "jump on the bandwagon," which historically was a wagon large enough to hold an entire band of musicians. In the 1800's, political candidates running for office often rode a bandwagon through a town and people would show support for the candidate by climbing aboard the wagon with them. The phrase has become popularized to refer to joining a cause as a result of its popularity. The Bandwagon Fallacy is often committed by politicians today, and it occurs whenever one argues for an idea or position based upon an irrelevant appeal to its popularity instead of its merits (Engel, 1994, pp. 223-225). During the presidential debates, George Bush often resorted to the Bandwagon Fallacy. A prime example of this occurred in the third debate, when George Bush was asked for his stance on abortion. Bush responded by saying: "Take, for example, the ban on partial birth abortion. It's a brutal practice. People from both political parties came together in the halls of Congress and voted overwhelmingly to ban that practice...

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