Drugs Should Their Use and Sale Be Legalized Essay

1059 Words Jul 9th, 2007 5 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
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However, Bennett chooses to use ethos much more over logos because he himself is an expert, and doesn't need to use so much hard evidence to win the reader over to his side.
Since Bennett is an expert he uses himself as an authority. Because he is an expert, "outside research" isn't a necessity to build a strong argument. Bennett is able to use his own first hand experiences as the evidence that is presented in his piece. Due to Bennett's crudentials and reputation one can assume his personal experiences are for the most part credible and accurate however using some logos would've made his argument near flawless. Throughout the article he doesn't ever clearly mention an authoritative figure on the subject matter.
Bennett does give recognition to the opposing positions, and at times makes good use of rebuttals. A great rebuttal is displayed when Bennett speaks of a hypothetical situation in which drugs were legalized. He rebuttals by showing the reader that legalizing drugs would be more costly, and ultimately worse for society. He addresses the point of view that street crime would decline if drugs were legalized. However, once again he rebuttals by stating criminals would still continue to rob, steal, and undercut the legal prices for drugs. So these are two clear examples of the opposition's claims, that Bennett

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