Straw Man Contest #1
By Cassandra D
It's time for all of you to dust off your thinking caps. We all know that Karl Rove and company have made a lot of mileage off of straw man arguments. Heck, they've perfected the dubious art, and unfortunately people tend to be convinced.
In an article on this phenomenon, the Washington Post quotes Bush in the run-up to the 2004 election: "The natural tendency for people is to say, oh, let's lay down our arms. But you can't negotiate with these people. . . . Therapy won't work."
I'm convinced that if a Democrat (or moderate Republican, should one exist) is to win in 2008 we must muster up straw men to help our cause. What we need is practice, practice, practice! To that end I am starting a contest.
The subject matter for Week #1: Flag Burning
And to start things off, here's my attempt at a straw man argument:
"Some people think that our country is so weak and threatened that it can be hurt by pitiful acts such as burning our flag. They think that the only way to get people to respect the flag is to outlaw disrespect. Well, we know that our country is strong. We don't have to be threatened in order to show respect to the flag. We believe that our demonstrating love for our country and flag speaks loudest to the rest of the world when they know we could choose to do otherwise. And they envy our freedom. The Soviet Union needed laws to protect their flag. We don't. Why have the Republicans lost faith in Americans? Why don't they think our country has earned our respect?"
Your turn ...