For example, President Obama says things like, â€œThere are those out there who want us to go down the same old path â€” the path where we just throw up our hands and say, â€˜We canâ€™t do anything about education. Itâ€™s too hard. We canâ€™t do anything about health care â€” itâ€™s too tough.â€™â€
You see, thatâ€™s a unique position if there ever was one. I canâ€™t say as though Iâ€™ve ever heard ANYONE say that our country canâ€™t do anything about education and health care because itâ€™s â€œtoo hardâ€. I want to hear more about this from the Straw Men, and I want to know if theyâ€™re really that lazy or if thereâ€™s some genius idea behind their proclaimed laziness.
Fantastic article, makes a great point. Who is Obama talking about when he makes all these statements? I don’t know these people!!!
And for those of you who are confused on what a Straw Man is (via wikipedia)
A straw man is a type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent’s position. To “attack a straw man” is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition (the “straw man”), and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the original position.