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Spartas 1 Elizabeth Spartas Professor Bullock English 210 6 October 2010 Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Analysis of Rhetorical Strategies An issue that has been prominent in the news of late is that of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. The policy prevents persons who are openly homosexual from serving in the United States military, is something that has been an issue since it was first instituted in 1993 under the Clinton administration (Scarborough). Whether or not the policy follows the foundation upon which the United States was founded is a key issue in the debate. Many argue that a country founded on the basis of equality should not have such a policy in place, while others assert that such a policy is important to ensure that the military stays in proper, working order. Recently there has been a rise in concerns about the issue, as events of persons being discharged from their position in the military due to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ have come to light. Through several methods, people have expressed their feelings about the issue; within this paper three such documents will be analyzed. First, on September 21, 2010 Lady Gaga presented a speech at a rally in Portland, Maine; during her speech the pop star asserted that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ should be repealed on the basis that it is a prejudiced and unjust policy that does not emanate the values of this country. In fact, she went a step further when she pronounced that in place of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ a policy that encourages those who have a problem with homosexuals serving in the military not to serve. (Lady Gaga) Next, there is a political cartoon that presents the thought that the reasons being offered in support of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ are faulty and without a foundation. The cartoon depicts two soldiers in a
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Spartas 2 bunker, one of them is stating, “I can’t shoot him, he’s gorgeous!” as the caption reads: “Why gays shouldn’t be allowed in the military. Hysterical right wing reason # 373” (“He’s Gorgeous!”). Lastly, an article entitled “Marine leads ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Fight’ that appeared in the Washington Times on November 2, 2009 appears. Although this article is expository for the most part, the strongest argument in favor of continuing the policy appears within it, that of the threat openly homosexual service members pose to the cohesion of the unit and the thought that now is not the right time to change the policy, as the military is under stress already (Scarborough). Through analysis of the rhetorical strategies used within each of these items it becomes clear that pathos is at the heart of the appeals. That being said, other aspects prove important as well. In the end, Lady Gaga’s piece proves most effective because of the effective synthesis of pathos and other aspects. The audience and purpose are a key consideration when analyzing a piece.
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