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‘Fear, flummery and fairy tales’

Posted: August 5, 2010 4:53 p.m.
Updated: August 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.

In his response to the Aug. 1 RedBlue America question about the proposed Islamic community center (“Should a mosque be built near ground zero?”), Ben Boychuck appears to base his argument on something that only exists in minds of Republican ideologues. He claims that this center will bring about Shariah (religious) law in the U.S. The fact that no one has proposed this, or that no American court would allow this, doesn’t faze him a bit.

This tactic, the straw-man argument, allows him to make something up out of whole cloth, and then argue vociferously against it. Remember the “death panels” and “putting grandma to death” nonsense during the health care reform battle? There was no factual basis for that. The provisions never existed, but it didn’t keep Republican demagogues from exploiting the public’s naivete. Besides, it makes for good television.

This is all part of the current Republican strategy, which can be summed up as: “fear, flummery and fairy tales.”


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