I just saw this term three or four times within the last five minutes; I cringe on the inside every time I hear or read this argument. :shake: Seriously, does anyone ever buy into it? "If we do (or don't do) this, then [ominous]more, and far worse, is sure to follow...[/ominous]" It verges on the edge of transparency. To me, this is one of the weakest rhetorical devices out there, and I find it to be more of an argumental cop-out than anything else. When I read those words, what they says to me is "I don't have a developed or outwardly rational reason to think the way I do; I'm just going to play to the fears and worries of the common idiot by saying 'Lo! But if ye make this small and imperceptible change (or non-change), surely you'll be handing all of your powers of democratic process over to the crazies of the world!'" It's a complete load, and nothing more. The inherent weakness is only truly revealed when you apply it to absolutely every debate you can think of:Abortion? It's a slippery slope! Health Care? It's a slippery slope! Gay Marriage? It's a slippery slope! Gun control? It's a slippery slope! Prohibit smoking in public places? It's a slippery slope! Taxes? It's a slippery slope! Environment? It's a slippery slope! Public Apologies? It's a slippery slope! Repay some of my credit debt? It's a slippery slope! Donate money to a charitable organization? It's a slippery slope! Buy mom a nice Christmas gift this year? It's a slippery slope! If nothing was ever done for fear of negative consequences, nothing would ever be done.