Lloyd Marcus at American Thinker nails it:
I am considering joining a new gym closer to my home. The gym markets itself as a friendly place for people who simply wish to get into shape, unlike other gyms, where overzealous muscle-heads harass, bully, and judge.
In my twenty years at various gyms, I have never witnessed the scenario this gym claims is such a problem. As a matter of fact, working out among serious bodybuilders has proven beneficial. At home, my max bench press was my 110-pound set of weights. Thus, I thought that was the most I could safely bench-press. Upon joining a gym, I saw a guy half my size pressing far more, which opened my eyes to my potential. Working out where professionals were shooting for the moon helped me to at least land among the stars.
The new gym near my home brilliantly created an enemy and a crisis that does not exist, all to attract clients.
My fellow Americans, this is the evil modus operandi of our President Obama. To gain public support for him breaking the law, ignoring the Constitution, and sidestepping Congress at will, Obama insidiously manufactures a real or nonexistent crisis that he claims poses an immediate danger. He then blames a nonexistent enemy, such as obstructive Republicans, Congress, and conservatives, as the reason he must act unilaterally for the good of the people.
This tactic, routinely used by Obama, is called creating a straw man. It’s a fallacy, a sham, a distortion, an exaggeration, a lie.
Obama’s most recent use of the straw-man tactic to con the American people is his attempt to make Congress the bad guys in the fiasco at our border. Obama sent the message to parents in non-contiguous countries that if they get their kids to America, they can stay. Consequently, illegal children are invading America by the thousands – 90,000 expected by September 30.
Making Congress the villains in the border mess opens the door for Obama to ride in on his white horse to save the day, enacting amnesty by executive order. He is confident that the MSM will play along with him, once again shaming America.
Another Obama administration straw man is the absurd “Republican War on Women.” Talk about creating an enemy that does not exist: Democrats are calling the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby, “gender bigotry.” What the heck are they talking about? The court simply ruled that the government cannot force Hobby Lobby to pay for abortion drugs against its owners’ religious faith.
Now get this, folks. Even before the Supreme Court ruling, Hobby Lobby provided 16 of the 20 contraceptives mandated in ObamaCare. Hobby Lobby refused to pay for only the 4 that kill babies. Do you see the Obama administration spin, the distortion, the attempt to sham, the lie?
There is a real war on women and minorities spewing out of the Democratic Party, which abuses and exploits women and minorities with impunity.
Here is one example of many. Republican president George W. Bush made Condoleezza Rice the most powerful black woman in America, and possibly the world, as secretary of state. Guess who was out there calling Secretary Rice an Aunt Jemima, a house n*****, a traitor to her race, and relentlessly trying to destroy her simply for being a black conservative! The answer is the Democratic Party.
An Obama- and MSM-supported straw man that I find particularly deplorable and evil is the divisive slander of millions of Americans in the Tea Party. Think about that, folks. The first black president exploits his race to demonize and shame Americans into submitting to his fundamental transformation of America. Decent folks who simply love their country have been successfully branded “racist domestic terrorists” in the minds of many.
Past Obama straw men include banks, the auto industry, insurance companies, small business owners, corporations, the rich, and doctors.
What American industry, institution, or group will Obama declare public enemy number one next? What will be the next crisis Obama accuses them of creating, causing him to usurp unlawful authority to fix?
Quoting Nancy Reagan, Americans must “just say no!”
Almost every time Barack Obama opens his mouth to address an issue, straw men spew forth. Now that you know to watch for it, pay attention and see for yourself how often he employs this method.
There’s my two cents.