In "Idiot Nation", Michael Moore openly and honestly expresses his feelings about the American system and education. He presents this as an essay, selected from his novel Stupid White Men, in which he submits his arguments as a political activist, concerned about the state of this nation. Moore spends most of his time in this selection, proving the sorry situation of American society. His arguments present a current issue that concerns the country today. He aims at politicians and other leaders to make the audience aware of all the corruptness in office.
The American Dream is so essential to our country as it is an honor to reach your goals and make it a reality. The American Dream is the national ethos that people’s lives would be better and more abundant with many opportunities. The American Dream was more accessible to attain back in the days, however, changed over the years. Although the “American Dream” is still possible, many people, minorities are affected by the lack of improvement in social mobility in our society. The American Dream is still alive by being able to live a middle-class lifestyle and by obtaining it through perseverance and hard-work.
America, the country that many dream to live in, the country that promises a change to one’s lives and give them opportunities they would never get haven’t they been here. America the great is what they call it, but is this country really that great? Or are we choosing to show the great while we hide major underlying issues that deserve attention? For many years America has painted this picture of a perfect life, perfect job, and perfect family, well what does it take for one to live that lifestyle? They say you come here, pull yourself by the bootstraps and if you just work hard enough you will have everything you need.
The beginning of the speech went fairly well as he was honoring Washington, however, he ended up ridiculing Congress. President Johnson usually spoke harshly about Congress and his mouth had the tendency to get him in trouble. In his speech, Johnson said, “I find men I care not by what name you call them…who still stand opposed to the restoration of the Union of these States.” He later would call out Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, and Wendell Phillips for plotting his assassination. In his speech, Johnson said, “I say that I have no doubt the intention was to incite assassination, and so get out of the way the obstacle from place and power.” Thaddeus Stevens and the radical Republicans viewed Johnson’s speech as a declaration of war. Andrew Johnson was a man who was not afraid to speak out against Congress.
The glow of America casts a ripple of hope upon those who struggle. Those who live among poverty and violence look to America and see a wonderful country filled with opportunity. However, in recent months, America has become a laughingstock, a joke. Donald Trump, as well as many conservative Republicans would like to would like to build a wall separating America from Mexico, limit a woman’s choices, and deny current citizens basic psychological and physical assistance. We should work towards building human connections, not walls.
It is currently viewed as the government’s or society’s way of making a general statement, but it should be looked at with pride and hope like it was in the past. The mutual dream of the Americans is important because it brings us together and allows us to work toward one life-long goal. It keeps the future generations tied to the older ones and impacts the American society by controlling not the amount of money people have but how they choose to spend it. My argument is imperative for today’s society to understand. Otherwise, the American dream could very easily turn into the American nightmare.
The military diminished during the Carter years, but Reagan reversed that by rebuilding the armed forces (Reagan Civics). In particular, President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative intimidated the Soviet leaders and influenced them to negotiate with him to reduce nuclear weapons (Jim Woods). Reagan's stiff rule allowed for positives actions to result from such advances. He increased defense spending by more than 40%, increased troop levels, and even got much-needed space parts into the pipeline (Jim Woods). By increasing spending, Americas well-being was therefore cemented for the time being.
This dream many people have presents a pretty view of American society that ignores problems such as racism, discrimination, and income inequality. By taking away these problems, the American dream becomes expansive in its own right by portraying only what is possible. The American dream is viewed as a image of a perfect life, where anybody can achieve greatness if they work hard enough for
And we have a Constitution, a tradition, a culture that supports that.” Amy Tan, Academy of Achievement. This statement is so very honest. It is something that many Americans take for granted though. We as Americans just need to remember that we live in the land of the free. No one else gets that
This quote from March’s essay makes the readers (white men) as feeling attacked for the loss of the Hillary Clintons presidential campaign. With this said, March believed that Donald Trump’s victory stays because of white men. Throughout her essay March happens to be abundantly bias towards Hillary Clinton as to why she would be a better president for our nation and for women across the U.S. This could affect humanity by attacking the readers if male, and to why she believed white men remain the cause of her loss of the election. As Joyce Armstrong argues, “The purpose is not to manipulate in the Sophist sense but to better garner arguments, evidence that will convince” (Armstrong 9).