The War on Drugs, as imposed by Richard Nixon in 1971, is called many things: an old concept; a never-ending war; a fight for humanity. With drugs all around us, in our schools, communities, and families, many people call for the fight against drugs and drug abuse. On the flip side of the coin, there is a force, equally powerful and just as determined to push back at those who want to break the grip that many believe that drugs have placed on our country. In the almost fifty years since Nixon was in office, many people wonder if the fight is worth the money, time, and pressure to continue. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs.
‘Master of Puppets’ for example deals with the themes of control and drug abuse. Although the 1980s and Ronald Regan’s presidency was not the inception of the ‘War on Drugs’, (Richard Nixon came up with the policy in the 1970s) it was during this time that there was an escalation of its enforcement. ‘The average annual amount of funding for (drug) eradication and interdiction programs increased from an annual average of $437 million during Carter’s presidency to $1.4 billion during Reagan’s first term’ (Stanford University, n.d). The ‘just say no’ campaign was launched by Nancy Regan and while it did attempt to target ‘at risk’ youths from taking dangerous and illegal drugs it was simple and reductive. Boiling down the illegal drug issue to a binary choice of yes or no did not take into account the struggle that many users had with personal inner demons of addiction and
The Nixon presidency is one of the most unusual public offices held in the United Sates because despite his popularity with the Republicans he still resigned his post and left the public eye. Nixon's speech was emotionally charged and really showcased Nixon's public speaking talents. Nixon addressed the people in a speech on September, twenty third nineteen fifty-two when he was a senator in the state of California. Nixon had been accused of stealing money that had been gifted to him for his campaign. The speech lasted a half an hour and in this half an hour he defended himself and defended the fact that he was innocent of what he was being accused of by his opponents.
His use of ethos helped to reconstruct his lost creditability; By giving the people straight facts to marinate and chew on, Nixon let the people come to their own conclusion as to the type of person that he was; his appealing to the emotional side of people let them know that he too is a just an average person. In the end, the use of his techniques in harmony allowed him to win the hearts of the American people, which allowed them to see that he was an honest, hardworking, average Joe American with nothing to hide, just like the
Richard Nixon’s Impact on the Environment The thirty-seventh president of the United States of America, Richard Milhous Nixon. Many people in the United States have their own opinion on this president. Some would say that President Nixon was a great president who did many things to help his country. Other might call him a crook. President Nixon helped our environment threefold during his presidency.
The thirty seventh president’s tone throughout the speech was genuine and anguished. He stated frequently his regret towards his resignation; when this passage is read aloud, it is stressed heavily on pathos and that Nixon defended his decision with the selflessness of his own emotions and did what is better for the country (“American”). In his speech, Richard Nixon establishes his credibility and then goes on to show the logic of why he is resigning along with sparking the reader’s emotions in defense of him through the use of frequent fallacies and rhetorical devices. Nixon goes on to speak of his accomplishments and the tasks he hopes the American people will achieve with a new president, but those ideas are shadowed by the steady reminders by Nixon himself of the circumstances that are causing him to resign the Presidency that overall make Nixon’s arguments to logic and his credibility seem
To start the speech the announcer says “he (Nixon) interrupts his run on the campaign trail to deliver this message.” This is trying to grab a hold of the audience’s attention that this is going to be an important message. This speech contains a massive amount of ethos because the focus of the majority of speech is to clear up his name from the recent allegations against him. After he clears up his name about the $18,000 donation that he is accused of taking in for personal use, he then shifts the focus of the speech to one more centered on the upcoming election rather than him. Ethos To begin Nixon’s address he comes out and says that if he would’ve taken any of that money to give himself personally a financial advantage it would’ve been
Emotion (pathos) is using feelings, desires or fears to influence readers. He does this by using a proof known as fear of pain: “If you don’t do things this way, you risk losing time, money, love, security, freedom, reputation, popularity, health, or beauty.” Whitman invokes the readers emotion in the first sentence when he says, “To say America today is verging on Nazism feels like scaremongering (Whitman para. 1)” This quote is playing on the fact that Nazism is scary, however it is not a unfathomable idea. He uses this fear to make the idea that the Nazi’s loved America fathomable. Additionally, Whitman uses a proof known as expression of disgust.
America had to intervene so they decided to support the South. They stationed troops in the South and provided them weapons. Neither Johnson nor John F. Kennedy could bring an end to the war, they either did nothing or added onto what was already happening. When Nixon took office he had it set. Nixon was the president to actually have the two come to terms and sign a treaty.
(Dennis 714) By giving the members of the space shuttle crew recognition as “pioneers”, the speech had a smooth transition from its nature as sincere eulogy into a rhetorical work with a deliberative occasion. As soon as audience received a message implying that Challenger was a beginning instead of an end and how discovery has its risk, Ronald Reagan was in a good position to elaborate his objectives on the space program. Considering its effectiveness, the transition between the bad news and the new hope is one of the greatest features of the speech. This transition is crucial to connect two parts of the speech that are equally important. Imagine if Ronald Reagan only talked about the heartache prior to expressing his support to NASA, people might question his sincerity and become suspicious about his real intention.