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George Bush who is the President of the United States of America came and visited our small town of Flagstaff in September of 2002. As a leader of our country, he reminds the Americans that we should be grateful for our freedom. Through contextualizing, structure, and rhetorical appeals, he gets through to his listeners by reminding us all, that keeping peace and freedom is not an easy job to do. He tells us how lucky we are to have freedom, and what we have to do to keep our “homeland” safe for our children of today. He speaks on behalf of his people, and what he will do to keep his people safe from our enemies who “hate” us, because we choose to be free!
As President, he is sworn to protect his people, and to keep everything in order in our country. He travels the world to try and promote peace among us and other countries. In this speech that was given by the President, he is speaking to everyone. The General Public, Professionals, Students, and every other citizen. He speaks of freedom and how to protect our “homeland”. He states “the enemies hate us because we have freedom”. (P. #3). As Americans we have the freedom to live where we want to, and how we want to. Most of all we have the “Freedom of Speech”. We voice our opinions when we feel it is necessary, without being punished by the government. In America, we stand together as one nation, to keep peace and freedom!
Identifying the structure of Bush’s speech is ways to keep peace and freedom among everyone. In order to keep our freedom, we need to work together to keep our enemies out. He incorporates on how to eliminate all the “bad guys” one by one, so they will not hurt us again. Bush points out three main reasons to keep peace and freedom;
1.) Protecting our homeland!
2.) Hunting down the enemies.
3.) Preventing the killers from hurting America again.
Protecting our homeland is a very difficult job to do, but it can be done when our people come together and fight for our nation.
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Bush uses ethos as well, such as, “These leaders are the ones that hide in caves, send youngsters to their death. People, who torture their own people, gas their own people with weapons of mass destruction”. Here he is saying that the enemies will do anything they can to destroy other people’s lives.
Bush also uses logos, and these are the facts in his speech. “One-hundred agencies in Washington D.C., has something to do with protecting the homeland”. He also states that, “the other day one of the 20th hijacker popped his head up and he is no longer a threat to the United States of America’. In these statements, he is telling us how they are working together with other agencies, with one thing on their agenda and that is finding ways to protect America. He also tells us how they are doing by keeping us updated on people that they catch and it gives us a little more sense of security when we hear this.
Bush uses words such as, “Homeland, Americans, Protecting, and Enemies”. I believe he chose these words because it affects us greatly as he is touching base with his listeners. Homeland to us “Americans” means a place where we welcome ourselves, and share our love with our family, without worrying about anything outside the house for the time being. Americans refers to everyone in the United States. Protecting is, protecting our country from our enemies who want to hurt us because we love freedom. Enemies are the people who want to hurt us because we love to be free in our country. With all these words being repeated throughout the speech, it makes us even more aware of what is happening in the real world, and it does touch base with everyone.
In conclusion, through contextualizing Bush’s speech, I believe it was very convincing. He said, “There are enemies out there who hate America, because we have freedom”. This is very true! Some countries are run by men only and women have no rights at all. While here in America, we are all treated equal and given the same rights, it does not matter if you are male or female. Therefore, having our freedom is very sacred to each and every one of us as a citizen of the United States of America, and therefore, we will support our President on his decision to protect our country, our homeland, for our children of the future.