Can You Guess How Many Straw Man Arguments Were in Obama’s Speech?

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Straw Man #1:

    “For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.”



    Straw Man #2:

    “No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores.”



    Straw Man #3:

    “We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn.”



    Straw Man #4:

    “We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.”



    Straw Man #5:

    “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.”



    Straw Man #6:

    “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.”


    Straw Man #7:

    “For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.”



    Straw Man #8:

    “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”



    Straw Man #9:

    “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity.”



    Straw Man #10:

    “Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life. It does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way or follow the same precise path to happiness.”



    That’s ten straw men in slightly under 20 minutes. In other words, one logical fallacy every 2 minutes, on average.



    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/201...ny-straw-man-arguments-were-in-obamas-speech/
     
  2. Crabtownboy

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    And which expressions do you disagree with? Looking at your post make me think that you do not know what a Strawman is ... but then maybe you are a straw man on this issue.




     
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  3. Revmitchell

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    Evidence you did not actually read the op and the link associated with it. :laugh:
     
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    I read the OP, but you never said what the statements are a straw man for? I am lead to believe you are ignorant of what a straw man argument means.

    What is wrong with any of the ideas expressed?
     
  5. Revmitchell

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    Sigh...no you didn't or you would not have asked that question.
     
  6. Oldtimer

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    Yep. Sure looks that way. (sigh)
     
  7. carpro

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    He doesn't read his own sources. Why would he read yours?
     
  8. InTheLight

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    I see three strawman, #2, #4, and #6.
     

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