Rhetoric 2/23

The most interesting thing I read about was how the ancient teachers viewed rhetoric. For example, they viewed opinions as something you could change, they believed there was no such thing as “just your opinion”, and they thought opinions weren’t even important. I can tell that that view has definitely changed over time, at least in the American society.

One of my strongly-held opinions is that Donald Trump is not fit to be president. My family and most of my friends share this view with me, so it has been easy to fall back on that opinion. Additionally, mass media and social media have allowed me to gain immediate knowledge on what Trump and his administration are doing – most of which I believe is detrimental to American and global societies.

There is a rising sense of nationalism in America. I do not agree with this nationalism but I do identify as an American. Many Americans view this country as the best nation in the entire world with freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc. However, I have learned over time that these freedoms are not for all. Even in our Pledge of Allegiance, it states “with liberty and justice for all.” This I know not to be true. Justice is not always served to those who are innocent. For example, Kalief Browder from New York was arrested for supposedly stealing a backpack and ended up staying in jail on Rikers Island for three years. He was innocent the entire time. However, the court/criminal justice system did not allow him to be free and he did not want to take a plea because he knew he was innocent. Eventually his case was thrown out and he was released. But soon after he was released, he committed suicide. The effects of jail and solitary confinement got to his head.

Another commonplace in American society is to believe that we have unhealthy food i.e. McDonald’s/fast food, Coca Cola, etc. This is true that we founded these restaurants and serve these foods. However, there are plenty of healthy options as well. Sometimes these healthy options are hard to reach because of socioeconomic status and location of where you may live or work. Healthy foods are usually more expensive. In many low income neighborhoods, there are food deserts meaning there are no grocery stores for miles. Therefore, people have to resort to unhealthy fast food and junk food.

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