Drugs: Should Their Sale and Use Be Legalized?
Within the last 50 years, drug legalization has been a very hotly debated topic in the United States society. It almost seems that every "street drug" was once legal, but banned soon after its introduction in society. Illegal substances that one sees today were once synthesized and created by chemist such as LSD, ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine, and etc., and at some point used for medical reasons, however during many circumstances were deemed illegal by the government due to detrimental effects after prolonged usage. William Bennett's "Drugs: Should Their Sale and Use Be Legalized" targets the general American public into understanding the societal importance of upholding the nations current drug policy. Bennett starts his piece by stating, "The issue I want to address is our national drug policy and the intellectuals" (Bennett 592). Bennett specifically addresses the issue the nation, by using the pronoun "our." Also this is a "national" issue, which is also an indication that he is targeting the general American public. Bennett is clearly on the side of keeping and enforcing banning and making narcotics illegal. He is trying to win over the individuals who are in between the issue, and of course the liberals who are opposed to the nation's drug policy. The two most used appeals in Bennett's argument are pathos, and ethos. Just by reading his brief bio in the intro paragraph the reader can see that Bennett has expertise in the topic of drug policy. Bennett has "been a public servant, Secretary of Education, and a director of the national Drug Control Policy" (Bennett 591). Initially the reader should come into the essay with some regard or respect in what Bennett has to say because of his expertise. The diction "I" is used repetitively in the piece which shows that Bennett is very confident in taking responsibility for his claims. Bennett reasons with the audience that if drugs were legalized it would end up...
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