The Straw Man and Prop R
What is a Straw Man? For those who don't know a Straw Man presents a misrepresentation of the opponent's position, refutes it, and pretends that the opponent's actual position has been refuted, presents someone who defends a position poorly as the defender, refutes that person's arguments, and pretends that every upholder of that position, and thus the position itself, has been defeated or invents a fictitious persona with actions or beliefs that are criticized, and pretends that the person represents a group of whom the speaker is critical.
Our Commander in Chief is a king of the Straw Man arguments with statements on Iraq like "some people say we should just cut and run..." yada yada yada. Of course no one actually ever said that but the old political trick is to say it enough times and SOMEONE will believe it.
An example of one misguided bloggers repeated introduction of the Straw Man follows:
"Hahn and Garcetti caught "flat footed" and ill equipped and ONLY 100 NC board members throughout the city were there, or even cared.
Only about 1 board member from each of the NCs, but since half or more of the NCs send no one to these meetings, that means there's not only limited interest on the part of the NCs that do send people to the alliance, but not even that much curiosity on the part of most of the other NCs.
What have I been saying children. . . there is NO ground swell, there is NO rising tide, and only a handful of unmandated NIMBY NCs are paying ANY attention to this."
This genius has been ranting on Mayor Sam for some time. First bad-mouthing Neighborhood Councils as representing less than 1 percent of Angelenos, then accusing them of "not caring" about Prop R. Then he has the nerve to turn 180 degrees and state that that "not caring" is representative of the entire city not caring about this issue. (Of course if that were true he would probably just shut up in the first place.)
On what farm does this individual reside where there is an overabundance of straw? Precisely how limber is this individual to have inserted his head so deeply up his rear end?
Here are the facts, without commentary, on the opposition to Prop R:
SUPPORTING PROP R:
LA Chamber of Commerce
LA league of Women Voters
LA City Council
OPPOSING PROP R (in alphabetical order):
President Northridge West neighborhood Council/Senator/Vice Chair LANCC
Jill Banks Barad
Chair, Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils
Member, League of Women Voters - Los Angeles Board Member, Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council
Humberto Camacho Board Member, Pico Union Neighborhood Council, Senator LANCC
Chairperson, Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council
President, Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association
Candidate, United States Congress
Pat Herrera Duran
Former Vice President, Board of Neighborhood Commissioners
Board Member, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council Chair, LA DWP-Neighborhood Council MOU Oversight Committee, Senator, LANCC
Member, Neighborhood Council Review Commission/Senator LANCC
Former Member, Charter Reform Commission Vice President, Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council
Former President, Highland Park Chamber of Commerce
Former Co-Chair, Silver Lake Neighborhood Council
Past President, Mid Valley Chamber of Commerce
President, Los Angeles Community Policing
President, Pacoima Neighborhood Council
Pastor A.J. Mora
Board Member, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
General Manager, Department of Neighborhood Empowerment (Retired)
Chair, Empowerment Congress Southeast Area Neighborhood Development Council
Board Member, Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council
Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council
Glassell Park Neighborhood Council
Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council
Harbor Gateway South Neighborhood Council
Mar Vista Community Council
Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey
North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council
Northridge West Neighborhood Council
Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council
Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council
Tarzana Neighborhood Council
Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils
Wilmington Neighborhood Council
Winnetka Neighborhood Council
The Los Angeles Daily News
The Los Angeles Times
Wow. 20 Community leaders (and counting), 14 Neighborhood Councils (and counting) Valley Vote, the Daily News and the LA Times...
...Sure. You're absolutely right. There is no ground swell at all.
Blog away dum dums.
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