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GOP Strategy: Play Tin Man to push over Straw Man

COME ON! What are you thinking??? Here’s the deal:

“Confronting a dire outlook for next year’s elections, House Republicans have begun to fight back with a new three-pronged strategy: painting the new Democratic majority as part of an unpopular Washington status quo, forcing Democrats to make unpopular votes on tough issues and locking arms around a new GOP issues agenda.”(1)

This is just another ridiculous reminder of the flaws in our political system. The House Republicans are using what’s called a “straw man” argument. In essence, a “straw man” argument seeks to make the opponent look weaker so the arguer looks stronger in comparison. This may say a couple of things about our political system (though it’s nothing new):

  1. Genuine discourse with respect to issues of content is valued little, as evidence of this new policy.
  2. It seems as if the House Republicans don’t think that the general population is intelligent enough to recognize this tactic; they certainly haven’t tried to diguise it.

I don’t like/dislike the Republicans any more than the Democrats, but regardless of who’s “side” it is, PLEASE use substantive arguments to support your cause. The Straw Man explicitly endorses irrational discourse and is counterproductive no matter who it’s coming from. Perhaps (and probably, as a matter of fact) it will get you move votes than using substantive grounds and maybe that’s a fatal flaw in the system.

What it comes down to is this: Acting in a group does not waive one’s personal moral/ethical (in a non-religious sense) responsibility to society. “I’m acting through loyalty to the party” or “This is the only way to get votes” are not valid. Regardless of excuses or causes, we are all responsible for our own actions and have to answer to their results in more ways than one.


October 20, 2007 - Posted by | Congress, General Discourse, GOP

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