We this speech. Everyone likes to hear that

 

We will
look at language features in two speeches by the American politicians, Craig
Johnson and Susan Kilpatrick.

 

Craig
Johnson starts his speech by saying “Our nation is great and strong and must be
great and strong.” Which gives the listeners interest in this speech. Everyone
likes to hear that their nation or country is great and strong, and it will
continue to be great and strong. Johnson continue the speech by asking
rhetorical questions and uses repetitions to reflect on his following
arguments:

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“Do we want to continue to be great? Do
we want to continue to be
strong? Do we want to continue to be free? Or do we want to be weak? Do we want to be fettered by big
government? Do we want to lose our
standing in the world?”

Johnson uses
ethos and pathos throughout his speech to appeal to his listeners. By using
ethos, we understand references to authority, moral and ethical values which
are meant to make the receivers resonate with the arguments of the sender. In
this case, Johnson makes references to the American nation and the values of
the American family, as well as to patriotism and freedom:

“The future
of our nation is at stake. The precious freedom of each citizen is at stake.”

“The future
of our nation is at stake, we want sustainable prosperity and a stronger
American family.”

Johnson
talk about pride and about American families being “proudly self-reliant” which
makes the listeners prouder of being American. However, when Johnson says:

“Or do we
want to be weak? Do we want to be fettered by big government? Do we want to
lose our standing in the world?”

“We need to
restructure government. We want less central government and fewer handouts to
the people”

It gives
the listeners an urge to change the way the American state functions.

 

Susan
Kilpatrick also starts with “Our nation is great and strong.” However, she
continues by telling the listeners why their nation is strong and great.
Kilpatrick starts her speech in a positive way which make the listeners want to
hear more. Kilpatrick uses Ethos and pathos the same way as Johnson did, by
reference to the authority of the American nation, values and making the
listeners to feel an urge to change the way American state functions. Here is
one example of both ethos and pathos from the text, in which Kilpatrick creates
the idea of nation and family values, but also to the feeling of fear:

“The future
of our nation is at stake. The sustainability of that vital part of us, the
American family, depends on it.”

Additionally,
Kilpatrick creates pathos by comparing the American government with family
figures:

“The
government is like a benevolent
mother caring for her young, a soothing nurse who cares for the sick and the
weak, and the strong father who protects the family and this great nation of
ours.”

 

The two
speeches start the same by telling the people that “our nation is great and
strong.” And the speeches end the same way by telling “… Sing: We the people
rule.” However, the speeches are quite different. Johnson argues for less
centralization and welfare polices while Kilpatrick argues for more
centralization and welfare.

 

In Susan
Kilpatrick’s speech she says that American nation is strong because they
believe in democracy, so that tells me that Kilpatrick is the democrat. She
also talks a lot about the people:

“We are
great because we use this strength to look after our own through a government
that is committed to the people and
a government that cares about the people”

She also
comments on more centralization and welfare policies created through higher
taxation.

Craig
Johnson is the republican. I saw that when he says:

“We need to
throw off the shackles of big government. We need less rampant spending in
Washington. The American family must be proudly self-reliant, it should not
have to look to the government for Obamacare or welfare. Americans are a proud
people, we can and will look after ourselves.”

Because
republicans don’t want the federal government to play a big role in people’s
life, nor spending on social programs such as “Obamacare” and “welfare”. People
can look after themselves. (Scholastic, 2018)

 

United states
of America have claimed to be land of opportunities. Land of equality. But is all
of this true? Is America land of opportunities? Land where everyone is equal, despite
your background, sexuality or race. Barack Obama says that United states of America
is the land of opportunity, but Joseph E. Stiglitz says studies show that it’s not
the land of opportunity. We are going to look into that, discuss the equality of
America. Who has the right mindset. Obama or Joseph?

Barack
Hussein Obama II who is an American politician who served as the 44th President
of the United States from 2009 to 2017 (Barack Obama, u.d.) said that united
states of America respect all the people, everyone has a chance to succeed and
has freedom, even if you are a girl born into a poor family. In the other hand,
Joseph E. Stiglitz who is a Nobel laureate in economics means that united
states of America which used to be land of opportunities is no longer the land
of opportunities.

Obama
argues that America is still a land of opportunities, but is it? The statement
that Obama gave shows us that income in America is inequality because of the
existence of the “bleakest poverty” however he also said that she has a chance
to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American. It’s the equality that
all people have as an American citizen to make the best of what they have. It’s
like meritocracy, which is progress is based on ability and talent rather than
on class privilege or wealth (Dictionary.com, 2018).

According
to a Pew report released July 2012 (Reed, 2018) among those born in
the bottom of the economic ladder, only 4% make it to the top as adults, so
saying that a little girl born into the bleakest poverty has same chance to
succeed as anybody else is a little optimistic. The report also shows that
people born into poor families are three times as likely not to finish high
school. Only 8% (Reed, 2018) of the children born
into poverty graduates from collage.

Standards
of living is also inequality because minorities in American such as African –
American, Latin – Americans and Indians have a tend to have lower income levels
and higher criminality rates. In America there is still discrimination today,
one example is Dakota Pipeline where America is building pipeline to transport
oil through Dakota, and the problem is that it will run through a Standing rock
Indian reservation which will destroy their land and water. (Dakota Access
Pipeline protests, u.d.) United States of America is more
concerned with money than protecting their own indigos people.

Also,
gender equality is not the best neither. In united states of America men are
still holding monopoly over top-management positions in companies. The US
Department of Labor has indicated that in 2009, “the median weekly
earnings of women who were full-time wage and salary workers was… 80 percent
of men’s” (Gender inequality, u.d.) however, there is also
gender inequality when it comes to men, they receive 66% longer prison sentence
for the same crime as a woman. (Gender
inequality in the United States, 2018)

Despite all
that America is going in the right direction when it comes to equality. They had
their first black president for several years. They legalized gay marriage and black
people can walk everywhere without being shoot by police or suspected that they
are steeling something. Several people have become successful despite their poor
background, such as Michelle Obama, Barack Obama’s wife. If you work hard enough
you will succeed.

Overall, we
can say that equality in the US is a challenging concept. While in theory
Americans have the framework for an equal society, the practice shows that
there are still many practical issues which do not make the US a forerunner in
equality