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

I really appreciated Steyn's close: "For those of us who oppose the shriveling of liberty in both Washington and Copenhagen, a windy drone who won't sit down keeps the spotlight on the racket. Once more from the top, Barack!"

It is true that the most effective way to keep TEA Party sentiment at a fever pitch is to make sure everyone is continually reminded that Barack Obama is the President of the United States. (Yes, you read that correctly. No, your eyes do not deceive you.)

And in the shameless self-promotion department, Steyn didn't get the memo that "2009 is the first year of global governance" but he would have if he read Three Sources.

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