Drugs Should Their Use and Sale Be Legalized Essay

1059 WordsJun 21, 20075 Pages
Drugs: Should Their Sale and Use Be Legalized? Within the last 50 years, drug legalization has been a very hotly debated topic in the United States society. It almost seems that every "street drug" was once legal, but banned soon after its introduction in society. Illegal substances that one sees today were once synthesized and created by chemist such as LSD, ecstasy, methamphetamine, cocaine, and etc., and at some point used for medical reasons, however during many circumstances were deemed illegal by the government due to detrimental effects after prolonged usage. William Bennett's "Drugs: Should Their Sale and Use Be Legalized" targets the general American public into understanding the societal importance of upholding the nations…show more content…
I've seen them in hospitals across the country" (Bennett 595). As one can see he refers to his own experiences, and claims that the problems that he sees with the legalization of drugs with his own eyes. This of course is very powerful because he uses his own experiences as evidence in the article. Also in this quote one can see that ethos is intertwined with pathos, when he paints a graphic image of damaged infants because of drugs. This image is effective, because it disheartens the reader to think that we are going to have a generation of unhealthy "crack babies". Another example of ethos is shown when Bennett states, "I have been traveling the country, visiting drug-ridden neighborhoods, seeing treatment and prevention programs in action…" (Bennett 596). Once again Bennett effectively uses his own experiences as evidence to why drug illegalization does work. "I" is also used again in this quote to imply that he has expertise in this field, and because the reader goes into the piece knowing his background when he uses the word "I" and includes his own experiences it works to his advantage. Bennett also states that drugs hurt parents, destroy families, and ruin friendships (Bennett 596). Again pathos is at work here, because Bennett convinces the reader that drugs not only hurt the individual but everyone else around them. This is very effective because even drug legalization advocates, or users that are reading
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