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Letter to the Editor: Straw man is back

August 13, 2021 at 1:44 a.m. | Updated August 13, 2021 at 1:44 a.m.


"Straw Man" - Google defines this idiom as, "An intentionally misrepresented proposition that is set up because it is easier to defeat than an opponent's real argument."

Adolf Hitler, in his mind, divided the world into the higher and lower races. The mythical Aryan race was, of course, the higher race and the Jews were at the bottom of the lower races.

As early as 1920, Hitler, expressed an analogy which likened all Jews to germs. He then extended that analogy to explain that you cannot possibly control diseases without getting rid of the cause - the germs (the Jews). So, the Jews became Hitler's "straw man" - the evil cause of all of the world's troubles. Thus, when he came to power, two decades later, he exterminated 6,000,000 innocent Jews, based only on his own sociopathic idea of reality.

Karl Marx, the father of communism, divided the world into the proletariat (the working class) and the bourgeoisie (the capitalists who exploit the working class.) So, another straw man, the evil capitalist, was set up by the communist to justify killing well over 100,000,000 people around the world.

And now, the proponents of the Critical Race Theory have simplistically divided America into two groups: the oppressed (the minorities) and the oppressors (the white majority). So now, the white race becomes the latest straw man for this generation's sociopathic thinking. And, as usual, of course, there can only be one solution

I wonder if the world will ever tire of these sadistic games of the darkness which constantly pit us against each other - based on nothing more than the completely simplistic world view of a few sociopaths - whose real motives are always really just personal profit and/or political power.

If, as a nation, we cannot presently stand up and defeat this now long familiar tactic of history's societal bullies, we have truly become a nation of gullible cowards who are destined to bleed again as we bow before their smoke and mirrors.

The Bible gives us this advice regarding evil, "Acquit yourselves like men." It's good advice for these times.

Larry Burnett

Texarkana, Arkansas


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