Monday, November 24, 2014

Obama's Immigration Speech and Fallacies

During president Barack Obama's address to the nation over immigration policy, he employs a number of logical fallacies which he tries to use to appear more persuasive, although they do not always work. Within the first three minutes of his speech, Obama used Ad Hominem and oversimplification as logical fallacies to convince his audience of his point. When he discussed what he thought the nation should do regarding the problem of immigration in the United States, he talked of a piece of legislation he supported, which was not passed by Congress. He instantly placed all of the blame upon the Republican leaders in the legislative branch, and attacked them for their party position rather than for their argument. He also oversimplified the situation, by saying that if they had only agreed with him, then everything would be better today, which is complete speculation. He used these techniques to justify creating an executive order in an area of policy which belongs the the legislative branch. I think that he used these fallacies in a convincing way, however, I also think that they are unfairly misleading to the general population.

1 comment:

  1. I think that intentionally using logical fallacies can add depth to an argument if they are used well. However, that is not always the case, and sometimes, using logical fallacies in a clumsy manner can make the speaker look unprofessional and less intelligent. However, a well crafted logical fallacy that is not easily spotted by listeners can be very effective.