The following paragraphs are ones I wrote in response to a thread analyzing the Maine GOP Platform (May 8, 2010). I’m only posting it so that I can refer to it in other posts, such as the very next one on this site.
I hope these comments aren’t too far off topic (making the Constitution mean what they want it to).
The first thing that struck me in the preamble was the setting up of a straw man that starts with a philosophical “conversely”(1) statement. Not that the statement itself constitutes setting up a strawman, but rather it is stated as something of a justification: It firstly asserts that the enemy exists and identifies what intent of the enemy is, namely to “throw off the shackles of restraint” in order to take control of the people. (Actually, if the straw man isn’t a distortion of an actual position, but rather the invention of a position with its attribution to your opponent, that’s not Continue reading