Monthly Archives: November 2004

Religious Rhetoric

In the final debate, President Bush claimed, “God wants everybody to be free,” reiterating a theme that has been a staple of his discourse—and foreign policy— since January 2003. For Bush, such rhetoric is politically invaluable: it speaks directly to … Continue reading

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Fallacies

Both presidential candidates committed logical fallacies during the debates. Bush, for instance, repeatedly made use of the red herring fallacy, otherwise known as changing the subject. Ask Bush where he stands on affirmative action policies and why, and he discusses … Continue reading

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Enthymeme

In the first two debates, President Bush delivered at least five versions of the following argument about the Iraq War: BUSH: I don’t see how you can lead this country to succeed in Iraq if you say wrong war, wrong … Continue reading

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The Rhetoric of Election 2004

Especially during presidential campaigns, and political debates, citizens often hear candidates and pundits claiming, with an air of dismissal, that “it’s merely rhetoric”—implying that statements are untrue, policies are unrealistic, goals are unattainable, arguers not trustworthy. The suggestion is that … Continue reading

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Can We Vote? Barriers to Full Participation Remain Rampant

Carol Ammons says the Champaign County Clerk’s office has rejected hundreds of voter registrations collected during a drive by her group, C-U Citizens for Peace and Justice, and the reasons for rejection seem hard to swallow. One local man allegedly … Continue reading

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U-N-I-T-Y in U-C: What are YOU marching for?

In the pouring rain Saturday, October 23, spirited members of our community marched for unity and weathered the storm. They met at two locations – Douglass Park on the North side and Scott Park on the South side – to … Continue reading

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Campaign for Access to Emergency Contraception

Om March 3, 1973, , the U.S. Congress passed the Comstock Act, criminalizing the publication, distribution, and possession of information about contraception. In the intervening century, everyday women fought hard for their birth control rights. They marched and picketed, were … Continue reading

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