Lets see you constantly try to change the focus of a discussion and insert your opinion other than the topic-- yeah we all know what a strawman argument is and how you look to employ them.
“Straw man” is one of the best-named fallacies, because it is memorable and vividly illustrates the nature of the fallacy. Imagine a fight in which one of the combatants sets up a man of straw, attacks it, then proclaims victory. All the while, the real opponent stands by untouched.
When your opponent sets up a straw man, set it on fire and kick the cinders around the stage. Don’t worry about losing the Strawperson-American community vote.
Source: James Lileks, “The Daily Bleat”
Some of you may have seen the 90-minute ABC network television show…entitled “Growing Up in the Age of AIDS”.… I was one of nine guests on that live program.… …[A] single 45-second sound bite cost me a long journey and two hectic days in New York City.
Why…did I travel to The Big Apple for such an insignificant role? …I felt a responsibility to express the abstinence position on national television.… How sad that adolescents hear only the dangerous “safe sex” message from adults who should know better.
What follows, then, is what I would have said on television.…
Why, apart from moral considerations, do you think teenagers should be taught to abstain from sex until marriage?
…[N]ot one of 800 sexologists at a recent conference raised a hand when asked if they would trust a thin rubber sheath to protect them during intercourse with a known HIV infected person. … And yet they’re perfectly willing to tell our kids that “safe sex” is within reach and that they can sleep around with impunity.
Source: James C. Dobson, in a fund-raising letter for “Focus on the Family”, February 13, 1992.
Judging from my experience, Straw Man is one of the commonest of fallacies. It is endemic in public debates on politics, ethics, and religion. A straw man argument occurs in the context of a debate―formal or informal―when one side attacks a position―the “straw man”―not held by the other side, then acts as though the other side’s position has been refuted.
Logical Fallacy: Straw Man