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NAFTA Superhighway Fact or Fiction

NAFTA Superhighway Fact or Fiction - Haley Rieger RHE 306...

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Haley Rieger RHE 306- Julia Delacroix October 24, 2007 NAFTA Superhighway- Fact or Fiction? In “The Conspiratorial Highway,” Shikha Dalmia and Leonard Gilroy explore the argument that the NAFTA Superhighway does in fact, not exist. They explain why they believe that those who think the new Trans-Texas Corridor is the first step in a road project that is “the spearhead of a conspiracy to dissolve the United States of America,” better known as the NAFTA Superhighway, (Dalmia and Gilroy A23) are paranoid and wrong-headed. In this opinion editorial piece, Shikha Dalmia and Leonard Gilroy present a rebuttal argument through logical, ethical, and pathetic appeals. They use these appeals by taking a very sarcastic tone in the beginning, but then following up with plenty of information to counter their opponent. The authors do this because they are able to point out their opponents’ flaws, while at the same time, making themselves seem smarter and more rational than their adversaries. Ever since the North American Free Trade Agreement was enacted in 1994, trade between United States, Canada, and Mexico has increased drastically. In 2002, “the two-way trade between Canada and the US surpassed $372 billion, representing by far the largest bilateral trading relationship in the world,” (Deng and Nzuma 2). So with trade between the United States, Canada, and Mexico obviously increasing, what is being done to manage and conduct this increased commerce? This is where the idea of the NAFTA Superhighway comes into play. Although no official documentation of plans for this highway have been found or reported, conspirers believe that negotiations are taking place to move forward with such a highway and also a North American Union behind closed doors. But, for every believer in the NAFTA Superhighway, there is advocate on the other side of the issue. These people believe that the
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NAFTA Superhighway, or a plan for such a road, does not exist. They think that the mythical superhighway is a plan devised by transportation corporations to help raise awareness and funding towards the already crumbling American infrastructure (Corcoran 2). The fact that there are two, clear sides to this issue, believers and nonbelievers, explains why Dalmia and Gilroy choose to present a rebuttal argument. With this global argument type, they are able to present what their opponents have to offer and then counter it with their own facts and unique wittiness. With the opening paragraph, the authors’ use of pathos helps the reader to be clear on what the authors’ position is. When Dalmia and Gilroy tell the reader “the U.S. is known for its ‘paranoid style’ of politics, so brace yourself for the next Big Scare coming down the pike,” (Dalmia and Gilroy A23) their sarcasm is so evident it’s hard to miss. By using a metaphor and dubbing this issue “the next Big Scare” they have already attached a sense of incompetence to it and its advocates, by comparing U.S. politics to what seems to be a roller coaster. This object,
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