The straw man is a logical fallacy, an attempt to appear to have won an argument by misrepresenting the opposing argument, or by knocking down an argument the opposition did not make. President Obama is a devoted fan of straw men, having stood up and then batted down hundreds during his speeches and his recent campaign.
Here are Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Straw Men
We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.
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.
Whose belief is that? Not the Republicans’ belief. Did Romney campaign on such an assertion?
…what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.
It is a principle of the Conservative/Libertarian ideology Obama opposes, that Americans are unique in being bound together NOT by ethnicity or religion like most other nations throughout history, but by ideas, the timeless principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence. There is certainly no politician or academic today who declares us to be bound together by the colors of our skin.
The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob.
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.
…enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.
We cannot…treat name-calling as reasoned debate.