The Rhetorical Analysis Of 'That Used To Be Us'

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That Used to Be Us is a book written to express the political beliefs of the authors. They use quotes and opinions of other people to address what they think needs to be done in America. The book was written about how the end of the Cold War has blinded the nation of what needs to be done. Also, the purpose is that they describe how events in history could be the answer for the problems. In addition to, they discuss about the advances in technology of the other countries and how “that used to be us”. The tone is persuasive and disappointment with a logical appeal. They use a disappointed tone for how our country has changed differently and is falling behind. It also has a persuasive tone to tell the audience that they need to do the things …show more content…
The passage before the quote, was about how China is getting better and becoming more advance than our country. This quote was from a former governor of Pennsylvania and he was talking about how no one in our state would stay for a football game if it snowed but in China they would. I honestly thought this quote was arrogant and disrespectful; due to, how our soldiers have died to protect this country and because he has no knowledge of what is happening anywhere else but where he is at. Although this quote was unnecessary, they drive the point of how we need to change and work on our …show more content…
That people need to work to better things out and try to give their own insight to improve these problems. “You don’t want to be ‘world class.’ That just means there a lot of others like you. You want your team to be best in the world” (Friedman 105) is one of the quotes that interested me. In the paragraph, the authors say that the problems in the world could be solved by one person with one skill. Also, they explain that you do not people that have talents anyone could have, but ones that are the best at what they do. They are saying that the problems could be solve just by the people alone and what they know how to do. “American young people have got to understand from an early age that the world pays off on results, not effort.”(Friedman 134). The quote is explaining that people are only going to look at what has been done and do not care for the effort put into it. Like grades at school or a race, the importance is where you end up at or with. The writer explain this so that the people know to think of the spot your in and not what you tried to

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