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Crystal Flucas J. Martin AP Language 1 st block 16 January 2009 Although honesty plays a huge role in the political society today, pointing fingers and addressing flaws doesn’t solve the problem. According to Ken Ward in his article “Let’s be honest about Abe, shall we,” Abraham “Honest Abe” Lincoln wasn’t so honest after all. Unpersuasively, Ward uses a great amount of pathos, compare and contrast, figurative language, and ad hominem attack to support his argument. Even though this may be a problem to many, it’s not a problem to all. So what if Lincoln- who was president MANY decades ago- didn’t mean EVERY word he said? Everybody does it. In relation to Emerson in his self-reliance essay, he asserts that “Else if you be a man speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.” According to Ward, “Obama and
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Unformatted text preview: Lincoln certainly wouldnt see eye to eye on race today, but they could yet become soul mates on wielding power for the greater good. Honest Abe or as Ward would like for you to believe Dishonest Abe had different viewpoints on politics than Obama, but improving our nation was his overall goal. When Lincoln asserted, If I could save the union without freeing any slave I would do it but in contrast states, if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it, he demonstrated a great leader who would do anything to save our weak and feeble nation. So what if Lincoln didnt agree with the black race being in superior positions? It has happened; therefore, we should stop focusing on the unfortunate events in the past and look towards a future of change....
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2009 for the course ENGL 9455 taught by Professor Johnd.griner during the Spring '08 term at Valdosta State University .

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