Have you been paying attention to all the new terms that have come into existence over the past few years?
“Sea-lioning” is one…
“Virtue signaling” is another…
But one that the Left loves to accuse the Right of all the time is something called “straw man” arguments.
What is a straw man argument?
Well, according to the internet, “a typical straw man argument creates the illusion of having completely refuted or defeated an opponent’s proposition through the covert replacement of it with a different proposition (i.e., “stand up a straw man”) and the subsequent refutation of that false argument (“knock down a straw man”) instead of the opponent’s proposition.”
If you’re looking for an example, try this: After Tom said that we should put more money into Defense, Chuck responds by saying that he was surprised that Tom doesn’t care about children and poor people because he wants to cut the budget for health and education.
Do you see how it works?
The Building Of A Straw Man
It’s simple A+B=C…
Except what they do is they take an “A” argument, insert their own version of a “B” argument, and then come up with a “C” conclusion.
Like the above example: Chuck comes to the conclusion that Tom doesn’t care about the youth and poor because, if he’s FOR defense, then he has to be AGAINST health and education.
A straw man argument is based on the idea that things are always mutually exclusive. That’s why it’s a favorite tactic of the Left—they love to believe things are mutually exclusive…
Which is what Ilhan Omar just did.
We’ve all read about the debacle with her and Rashida Tlaib having their own Congressional trip to Israel stopped short when the country decided to bar them entry for their support of BDS…
One could guess that calling it a “Congressional Visit to Palestine” instead of “Israel” wasn’t the best of ideas.
Regardless, this past week, these two members of the Squad DOMINATED the news cycle because of their ill-timed and ill-titled trip (that just happens to have been funded by Miftah – an organization that has shown to be sympathetic to radicalized Islamists that thanked suicide bombers for “sacrificing their lives for the cause.”) to America’s STRONGEST ally in the Middle East.
Of course, when talking about it – points are going to come up.
An INCONVENIENT Truth
Points like the Palestinian police prosecuting their LGBTQ community by vowing to arrest anybody that takes part in upcoming marches and protests that have been scheduled to take place because they’re in direct opposition to “traditional Palestinian values.”
Because of their ties to the Muslim faith and pro-Palestinian stance, somebody asked if Ilhan Omar or Rashida Tlaib were going to do something about it.
A tweet sent out said, “I’m positive @IlhanMN, @RashidaTlaib and @AOC will absolutely destroy the Palestinian Authority for this bigoted behavior… right? right? …. hello?”
You would think those that want the rest of the world to believe that Palestine is the peaceful region being oppressed by Israel would speak out against any additional violence against Palestinian citizens…
But you’d be wrong.
Ilhan Omar answered this question for he fellow Squad members, tweeting back, “Pretending that this act somehow balances or mitigates Israel violating the dignity & rights of Palestinians – or undermines the case for defending Palestinian rights – is deplorable!”
Nice straw man there, Ilhan…
At no point did anybody bring up Israel. In fact, Israel wasn’t a part of this conversation.
They simply asked if you were going to condemn Palestinian authorities for their oppression of the LGBTQ community.
And Omar found a way to take one point and make it about something else.
This is what they do!!
They change the context of the conversation to fit THEIR narrative.
Of course, knowing that going in changes things…
Forewarned is forearmed.
Remember this during your next debate – don’t let them steer away from the ACTUAL conversation at hand…
And destroy their argument with logic and facts.
“Whenever we want to combat our enemies, first and foremost we must start by understanding them rather than exaggerating their motives.” ― Criss Jami