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**A Post by Shifra**

When is the MSM finally going to call Obama out for clinging to a juvenile rhetorical device that is unbecoming to the Office of the Presidency? No, I am not talking about his teleprompter. I am referring to his use of the “Straw Man Fallacy.”

Here’s the recipe:

1) Start with a vague “There are those who say…” Or, “Some say…”
2) Take your opponent’s position to an absurd, ridiculous extreme.
3) Attack your opponent’s exaggerated position.
4) Ridicule your opponent
5) Impress everyone with the brilliance of *your* position.

Although conservative bloggers have been acutely aware of this phenomenon, our Straw Man-in-Chief needs to be called out by the MSM for the manipulative liar that he is.

Why am I focusing on this cheap debating trick that is worthy of a clever high-school debating-club senior? After all, there are *so* many things about POTUS that I cannot stand (With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning: “How does POTUS drive me crazy? Let me count the ways.”)

Because, about three years ago, I heard an audio clip of Obama pulling this schtick on his audience. And I fell for it.

OK, I recovered in thirty seconds. But it was very powerful, very compelling.

Here’s what I heard:

“At such a difficult moment, there are those who say we cannot afford to invest in science. That support for research is somehow a luxury at a moment defined by necessities. I fundamentally disagree. Science is more essential for our prosperity, our security, our health, our environment, and our quality of life than it has ever been.”
President’s remarks at the National Academy of Science 4/27/09

I was shocked. Who are these horrible people who are so anti-science? OMG! Do away with research? Outrageous! They must be stopped.

But then I thought: Who, indeed? Has anyone ever suggested that we no longer invest in science?

I was able to “pull away from the dark side,” so to speak, because I was suspicious that *anything* from POTUS actually sounded plausible. But O’s almost constant use of this device may resonate deeply with those who are not so politically aware.

Here are some more, courtesy of Karl Rove, who has compiled a list of 94 of Obama’s “gems.”

“There are those out there who want us to go down the same old path — the path where we just throw up our hands and say, “We can’t do anything about education. It’s too hard. We can’t do anything about health care — it’s too tough.”
Tysons Corner, VA, August 6, 2009

(This one made me want to throw up.)

“There are some who see this pain and suggest that somehow it’s inevitable — that the only way for America to get ahead is for communities like yours to be left behind.”
General Motors Lordstown Assembly Plant, Warren, OH September 15, 2009

And finally, one from me:

There are those who say that Obama is the worst president ever, and that in approximately one hundred days, he will be kicked out of the WH by a citizenry fed up with lies, manipulation, and smoke and mirrors.

This one is not a “straw man” argument.

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  1. dennisl59 says:

    Love the picture of the Straw Men in the field, very apropos.

    “There are those who say we cannot afford to invest in science…”

    Let’s run this one through my Marxist-Leninist/National Socialist Universal BS Decoder Software:

    There are those(Who? The Straw/Invisible Men)
    who say(Where was ‘it’ said?)
    we(The poor slumb taxpayer) cannot afford to
    invest(Spend Taxpayer $$$)
    in science(What ‘kind’ of science, and determined by who?)

    Another technique is the use of “Sophism”, by definition:

    A sophism is taken as a specious argument used for deception. It might be crafted to appear logical while actually representing a falsehood, or it might use obscure words and complicated sentence constructions in order to intimidate the opponent into agreement out of fear of feeling foolish. Other techniques include manipulating the opponent’s prejudices and emotions to overcome their logical faculties.

    Another ‘good’ one being used is ‘The Confidence Trick’. And here it is:

    A confidence trick is an attempt to defraud a person or group by gaining their confidence. A confidence artist is an individual operating alone or in concert with others who exploits characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty and honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naivety and greed.

    Sound familiar? It should, because it’s being perpetrated 24/7 on the American Citizen by El Presidente’ and his shills and sycophants in the Main Stream Media and Congress.

    posted 7/24 1035am Texas[The Medium is the Message]Time

  2. Alain41 says:

    Yes, irritating. BHO’s campaign is based on, The Two Strawmen of the Apocalypse (Mitt and VP candidate to be named).

  3. critter64 says:

    Right on Shifra.

  4. rosebud2186 says:

    So right on Shifra. He mirrors the news media rhetoric….”I heard, what they’re saying now, there’s a poll out now that says….”…… I want to see bullet points in the news followed by an asterisk with primary source references from now on!

  5. Timbo says:

    Well articulated as usual Shifra.

    As for the MSM ever calling out our so-called President…It will never happen..They are in love with him and view him as the messiah (small m intentional) He never has to provide any facts or any substantiation for what he claims or what he does…Amazing really

    It is up to us

  6. paul14 says:

    The MSM will never call him , or any other lib out. That’s not their job. They are paid to call out Conservatives!

  7. Shifra says:

    Gosh, Dennisl59, you have Marxist-Leninist/National Socialist Universal BS Decoder Software? I have the Dem BS Secret Decoder Ring 🙂

    The pic is Tammy’s touch. Don’t know where she comes up with all these pictures, but they are always “right on the money.”

    Thanks for your comments, TAMS, as always.

  8. LucyLadley says:

    Thank you Shifra!!!! This makes me want to start a new hashtag twitter game.

  9. jmm says:

    Great Shifra!. I always look forward to your informative posts. Love the “sponge bob like” straw men.

  10. Crazycatkid says:

    Staw Man 2012! Thanks Shifra, for yet another great post! I agree. The Straw Man technique is so childish. But then, Obama told us that Pediatricians magically tranform into surgeons and rip out kids’ tonsils – or amputate legs – to make a few bucks. I wondered who could believe such nonsense? But, some folks are not assessing facts & logic – or even hearing the words. They just focus on his looks and voice and paint him with their own needs.
    Lucy, (above) I’d like a hashtag game for #WhatDocumnetsObamaShouldDisclose
    Uh-oh, #ThereAreThoseThatSay I am a birther, transcript-er, passport-er etc.

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