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Analysis Of Why Don T We Complain Buckley

Decent Essays
Nolan Watson
Professor Heather MacLeod
ENGL 199
1 February 2016
Trump Will Make Them Complain: Analysis of “Why Don’t We Complain?”
In his article “Why Don’t We Complain?” William F.Buckley, Jr. describes the increasingly timid behaviour amoung Americans in inconsequential everyday events. Buckley further illustrates this shy behaviour by recounting multiple personal anecdotes; Buckley then attempts to link this helpless, as he calls it, behavior to the increasing level of political indifference within the United States of America. It is my observation that the anecdotes utilized in the article appear to substantiate Buckley’s assertion as a result of the similarity between the political atmosphere and the seemingly insignificant events; furthermore,
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Following this anecdote Buckley goes on to say:
But notice no one [spoke up] did. And the reason no one did is because we are all increasingly anxious in America to be unobtrusive, we are reluctant to make our voices heard, hesitant about claiming our rights … or endure a racking headache before undertaking a head-on, I’m-here-to-tell-you complaint. (Buckley 78)
In this portion of his article Buckley makes a large extrapolation from Americans behaving in a reserved manner on a small-scale, the movie theater, to the more substantial political scale when he mentions the rights. Despite the comparable nature of this anecdote it is unfounded to make such a gargantuan leap without a more a concrete foundation, with the lack of evidence provided this is no more than guesswork. It is problematic to make this claim, because it is inconceivable to anticipate how individuals would behave in a situation with more at stake. It may be that Americans would simply endure even if their rights were on the chopping block, but it is impossible to accurately predict what their response would
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The article appears alluring at first glance; however, closer inspection will reveal that this illusion of plausibility is conjured up by anecdotes with the proportionality to several political phenomena. My issue with this article is summarized by this statement: Often it is the case that items that are directly related are proportional; however, it is false to assume items that are proportional are directly
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