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Service: a Duty? a Benefit? or Both, or Perhaps Neither?

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Jenna Mentus
Andrew Calis
English 102, Section 61
Short Write 3

Control is the key, to take the victory! This is often heard at high school and middle school sporting events, a cheer chanted by the cheerleaders. This cheer though, is often true when it comes to American politics. Through out the years, we hear of congressmen, supreme court judges, and governors resigning from office. Then we are faced with the question, why? Could it be because they really do want to spend more time with family and enjoy life? Political experts, like Dan Schnur, seem to think not. Instead, Schnur suggests in “The Problem With the Middle Ground” that former politicians, such as Bart Stupak, are too much of “moderates” for government. Schnur’s argument is that once either party gets the vote of moderates and obtains power, the use of moderates is no longer needed. Schnur’s use of pathos in his article is much underlying. It isn’t until the end of his article we feel anything. He ends with, “That’s why Senator Arlen Spector is now a Democrat, why Senator Evan Bayh is not running for re-election, and why Bart Stupak is about to become a former member of Congress.” He provides us with the many examples of moderates who are either no longer needed, or have had to change their views completely. Each of these men stood firmly for causes, favored and rejected by both parties. Once either party gained control, they had no use for the moderates. The pressure from Congress and social groups cause these men to completely exit politics or change their stances and join the party in control. This example also gives us logos. Since moderates are either dropping out or changing their values, does this really mean control is the government’s main concern? The facts we are provided with suggest that this the ultimate goal. The use of moderates to maintain control of the government is what Schnur is suggesting. Stupak was caught in the middle, of not believing abortion is right, and supporting the healthcare bill that he wanted to pass. He knew he had two choices: change his values and take a lot of heat or give up his seat in congress. The ethos of this article comes from the author himself. Dan Schnur was the communications director for John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign and is the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California. He has much extrinsic ethos, but his intrinsic ethos is strong as well. He states how abortion isn’t a top issue, how its a second-tier issue. Continuing with, abortion becomes a top issue when prolife activist groups or prochoice groups gain momentum. This leads us to think, he’s right, but not only for abortion, but other issues as well. Such as, gay marriage or the war on drugs. Its an issue, but only because citizens are making it one, pressuring the politicians.

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