Setting a Strawman on Fire?


So I hope to accomplish. I read a lot of right wing blogs, many here on WordPress. They mostly paint the most hideous picture of progressive, and what they supposedly believe. But I think they’re just setting up and knocking down strawmen. Here’s a pretty ugly version of the strawman in holiday garb:

While this may seem obnoxious, and it is, it is also common of what you’ll find on some of the right wing blogs. You’ll find some on the right margin of the post. Nice Deb in particular re-posts a lot of this kind of thing.

Main themes: “Progressives” who runs the schools, hate the military, think Muslims are always benign, dislike traditional Christianity on display, suggest Homosexuality is OK, and over all love diversity. Over the all last point may be true, but do all these ideas represent what real Progressive think? I don’t think its fair. Let’s look at that bland statement attributed to Progressive “Islam=Good”.

On the philospher’s blog, that is I think mildly progressive, a whole discussion was hosted on if profiling should be part of airport security and if so how. Admittedly the tone was a cautious willingness to discuss the topic, not angery dismissal of any one is reluctant like on most conservative outlets. But in any case the stereotype is hardly upheld.

In another Progressive outlet the New Republic, you can read this month about the ambiguous feeling in attending a film dealing with the stoning of women in a Islamic nation.

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One response to “Setting a Strawman on Fire?

  1. That 12 Days of Winter thing is an abomination. First of all, it’s a hodgepodge of less-than-funny, Hannitized soundbites put to music. Second of all, the woman’s voice is like nails on a chalkboard. What a train wreck. I can only hope that years from now my great-grandchildren will be in their college classrooms playing this and laughing about the perverse propaganda that their elders used to pass off as comedy.

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