How's Obama any better (or different) than George W. Bush?
For those people who still do not or cannot understand the question, here's yet another way of putting it:
Imagine a country where millions of people have been brainwashed into believing something that isn't true, which we'll call X. Now imagine that someone who isn't brainwashed comes along and says something that contradicts X, something we'll call Z.
People cry foul; "Z couldn't possibly be true when we KNOW X is true!"
But when they try to point out specific flaws with Z, they hit brick wall. They suddenly discover that X is absurd, not Z. Yet they still cling to X because they've been programmed to believe it's true.
The irony is that the people who are protesting this post and threatening to close it exhibit some characteristics of the X crowd. Like I said, don't make it harder than it is; if you have a brain, use it.
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At first glance, it looks like a "stupid question," yet even many of Obama's supporters would have a hard time offering a credible answer. The correct answer is "There's no significant difference," an answer many people would bitterly dispute. But Obama is no less war-like, is still presiding over torture, still panders to the rich and on and on.
What has Bill Gates done to improve education or health care?
Some might answer that Gates has "donated" billions to both causes. But what tangible improvements can they cite?
So what do you call a question that, at first glance, seems stupid (e.g. one would think it could be easily answered) to the ignorant masses, yet, on closer inspection cannot be answered succinctly at all?
The term Trojan horse just popped into my head. I'm not sure if that would work or not. But it seems like a Trojan horse because such a question can easily inflame people (as evidenced by some of the comments below). Yet it can also be under-estimated or trivialized (thanks, NVA) by those people, because they think it can be easily shot down. Yet the question has such a solid foundation of facts and logic, it becomes a problem people wish would just go away. You might think of it as a question that sticks in one's craw.
However, it would be nice to find a word more unique than "Trojan horse" - a word or term that screams "A Trojan horse of a question!"
Some may be able to answer the question "easily" (e.g. quickly), but their answers only help make the case against Obama. We're still at war, we're still torturing people, health care in the U.S. is still a joke, and on and on. Don't make the question harder than it is; I could have titled my question "Reality vs Propaganda" or "Common Sense vs Brainwashing."
P.S. I'm looking for a word or term that describes the question, not the subject of the question. Moreover, the correct answer should presumably be a noun - or an adjective followed by "question." For example...
That question was a ______!
That was a ______ question!
Note: I chose "deceptively simple" as the correct answer because it's, well, deceptively obvious that it hits the nail on the head. Of course, lots of things can be described as deceptively simple, and I'd still like to find a term that specifically describes a question that seems foolish to ignorant or partisan people yet which is recognized by deeper thinkers as nothing more than common sense. I have a hunch some a term doesn't exist, in which case, you can count on me to coin a new term. ;)