1. A statement is made asserting X
2. The antagonist misrepresents X by interpreting it as Y.
3. The antagonist then attacks Y in order to prove X is wrong.
So here is a current example of the Democrat/Liberal technique to build a straw man as a diversion of an inconvenient truth.
A. Rush Limbaugh makes a statement:
Note that he said he wanted Obama to fail at something specific, his socialist agenda."So I shamelessly say, no, I want him to fail, if his agenda is a far- left collectivism, some people say socialism, as a conservative heartfelt, deeply, why would I want socialism to succeed?"
Here's the video, see what Rush actually said.
B. So the Democrat powers gather to edit the message into compliance with the 'no more than six words' rule lest their constituency forgets it. They end up with 'Limbaugh: I Want Obama to Fail'. This message is then forwarded to the Propaganda Field Offices to be drilled into the minds of the minions like good little Dorothys stuffing straw back in as it comes out of their straw man while Toto barks instructions.
Or visit any conservative blog's comments section to see the trickle down effect as millions of mindless minions attempt to articulate today's talking points, operative word here is 'attempt'.
After the body of their Straw Man takes shape the big boys from the head office show up on the Sunday morning talk shows to add the finishing touch with another fallacy, the hasty generalization, intended to generalize the fallacy down to a single concept.... Rush is praying for failure.
Even those who are envious of Rush's ability to steal the spotlight with boldness will jump on the band-wagon and in a cowardly manner abandon the truth and play along with the Straw Man."It's our desire that the Republicans would work with us and try to be constructive, rather than adopt the philosophy of somebody like Rush Limbaugh, who is praying for failure," Emanuel said.
Sorry Mr. Cantor but I too want the Obamunists to fail and fail miserably at taking my country from me. Either stand up for principles or sit down and let others lead.Emanuel suggested that Republicans who defy Limbaugh have to bow down to the commentator and seek forgiveness. If true, Rep. Eric Cantor, the fourth-ranking Republican in the House, could be next on the list. He said Sunday he does not take the Limbaugh approach of supporting failure.
"I don't think anyone wants anything to fail right now. We have such challenges. What we need to do is we need to put forth solutions to the problems that real families are facing today. And our common-sense, conservative principles of limited government, and the belief in free markets, and the belief that really opportunity can only be created by the private sector are going to undergird our proposals going forward," Cantor told ABC's "This Week."
And now the intent of the attack has been achieved.... the public's attention has been diverted from the qualifier to Rush's assertion...
If his agenda is a far- left collectivism, some people say socialism, as a conservative heartfelt, deeply, why would I want socialism to succeed?"I my mind there are two possibilities why Democrats do this; they are either logically challenged or just deceptive scum.
The result is that we all become unwilling victims of the liberal's mental illness of their mind's disassociation and inability to discern reality.
Update: Here is another example along with an analysis in synch with mine why the Democrats do this:
Antonia Ferrier, a spokeswoman for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), said Gibbs was trying to create a distraction by responding to Limbaugh.
"What we are seeing is a desperate attempt by Democrats to distract attention away from a multi-trillion dollar spending spree taking place in Washington," Ferrier said. "Creating a boogeyman to change the subject does nothing to alter the fact that there are 9,000 earmarks in the omnibus spending bill, that the economic stimulus bill contained no Republican input or that their budget would increase taxes on all Americans."