Why Don't We Complain Essay
858 WordsDec 20th, 20124 Pages
Argumentative Essay: “Why Don’t We Complain?” Throughout once in your life, you may have been confronted with a situation where you accept inconveniences instead of taking action. According to William F. Buckley, American people everywhere have refrained from “trying to rectify irrational vexations”. In Buckley’s essay, “Why Don’t We Complain?” he explains some situations that he was involved in where no one would complain to repair an uncomfortable situation. Throughout the essay, Buckley uses his experiences and strong reasoning to show why he believes that the American people do not complain. Buckley attempts to support that the apathy that Americans would accept inconveniences instead of taking action is the cause of many Americans’…show more content…
Should people be afraid to complain or should they always be free minded about an unjust cause? The second reason why I agree with Buckley’s ideas about assertiveness and helplessness is because throughout time many inventions are that replace simple jobs that cause a sense of laziness. The people will often portray themselves as lazy in society as new technological inventions are created to do their tasks. Many people will then develop a habit due to them relying on other things to do their task for them. For example, back then when machines weren’t created, people did manual labor and relied on themselves, but now as we rely on newly made machines; we rely on the equipment to do our work. This forms a habit for Americans as we begin to rely on other things than ourselves. The third reason why I agree with Buckley’s ideas about assertiveness and helplessness is shown through as Buckley states that the government is taking rights away from the people. He states, “Every year, whether the Republican or the Democratic Party is in office, more and more power drains away from the individual to feed vast reservoirs in far-off places; and we have less and less say about the shape of events which shape our future”. He also says that we accept the government’s power to hold upon us”. The government is responsible for the great number of American deaths in Korea and is now responsible for billions of tax dollars spent every year. However,
My Rhetorical Analysis: "Why Don't We Complain?" Essay
967 WordsOct 31st, 20124 Pages
September 19, 2011
My Rhetorical Analysis: “Why Don’t We Complain?”
Is pleading the 5th really the best policy when confronted with a potentially awkward situation? The reasons why many Americans choose not to take advantage of their freedom of speech still remains a mystery. “Why Don’t We Complain?”, published in the 1960’s by William F. Buckley Jr., an educated editor, writer and television host, is an attempt to persuade his audience that they are reluctant and hesitant about speaking up when faced with circumstances that demand our attention. If we desire an alternative outcome to these situations then we must be the one who stands up for ourselves instead of waiting for someone else to do it. Although Buckley…show more content…
An educated American would be successfully persuaded by this because his personal observations show that nobody else is complaining and are more apt to please their neighbor than themselves.
The expert testimony of his editor friend backs up Buckley’s argument and gives the audience a valid reason to believe him. Buckley states that the weekly news magazine editor explained to him that “the volume of mail has noticeably decreased, even though the circulation of his magazine has risen” (562). This shows that although the audience of the magazine has increased over the years, the initiative of the readers has gone down. In this evidence I have presented, Buckley shows the negative correlation between the readers and protestors of the magazine and would reach an audience that cannot be easily persuade without hard facts. Buckley’s persuasive effort was successful by showing his audience that his argument is backed up by expert facts and it is not just his word that they have to believe.
Another strong piece of evidence that Buckley uses is when Premier Khrushchev of Russia visited the United States in 1959. The Cold War had taken many American lives in Korea and had cost billions of dollars in taxes, which the Americans were not happy about. Buckley uses this evidence to further persuade his audience that even in a time of war, they should be expected to protest against the cruelty of such executions.