December 13, 2009
Torching the Strawmen
Mark Steyn captures something that always disturbs me in President Obama's speeches. Steyn exposes the insane strawman arguments with this perfect reductio ad absurdum:
The usual trick is to position their man as the uniquely insightful leader, pitching his tent between two extremes no sane person has ever believed: "There are those who say there is no evil in the world. There are others who argue that pink fluffy bunnies are the spawn of Satan and conspiring to overthrow civilization. Let me be clear: I believe people of goodwill on all sides can find common ground between the absurdly implausible caricatures I attribute to them on a daily basis. We must begin by finding the courage to acknowledge the hard truth that I am living testimony to the power of nuance to triumph over hard truth and come to the end of the sentence on a note of sonorous, polysyllabic if somewhat hollow uplift. Pause for applause."
The whole column is -- of course -- worth a read.
Obama Administration Posted by John Kranz at December 13, 2009 12:15 PM