Rachel Totten Keith
The piece “Houston deputy targeted because he wore a uniform: County Sheriff” by Rick Moran from Americanthinker.com is a rhetorical forensic, ceremonial, and a slight deliberative argument all in one. Moran evaluates the motive behind the murder of a law enforcement officer by a black male in terms of a rhetorical statement gone to the extreme. Moran says that Harris County Sherriff Ron Hickman stated, “”At any point where the rhetoric ramps up to the point where calculated cold-blooded assassination of police officers happen(s), this rhetoric has gotten out of control.” The rhetorical argument uses recent statements made by Black Lives Matter activists such as, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon,” and an internet radio show in Texas that called for “killing of cops to ‘turn the tide’ against blacks being killed by cops,” which was aired just days before the murder of the Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth. Moran’s argument is also ceremonial in that he is addressing a contemporary issue and is implicating the hateful rhetoric as more than just hate speech because it is inciting violence and murder of innocent people who are just wearing a uniform. Towards the end, Moran also states, the “White House hasn’t deemed it proper to comment on the killing of Deputy Goforth – what’s the life of one more policemen more or less seems to be the attitude.” This is a slight deliberative argument because Moran is not only asserting that President Obama is refusing to address the issue, he is arguing that the President’s silence is itself a demonstration of inequality and that our government bases the value of life on the politics behind the murders.
Moran’s argument is factual, based on the evidence that two New York two police officers were gunned down by a black male who admitted “he wanted to avenge the deaths of black men in confrontations with police.” He also uses an argument of evaluation by demonstrating that hate speech has become so extreme and violent that people are acting on these values and rhetoric is now inciting violence and outright executions.
Moran appeals to pathos through the use of direct quotes such as “Fry’em like bacon” to provoke the reader and evoke shock at the use of such obvious and casual language on behalf of violence. In an appeal to both Ethos and logos, Moran establishes credibility on the subject by citing specific events in New York and Minneapolis within the last year where deadly violence was done on behalf of the political statement, “Black Lives Matter” and in cases where activists were publicly encouraging murder of law enforcement to the media.
Moran, Rick. “Houston deputy targeted because he wore a uniform: County Sheriff.” Americanthinker.com. American Thinker, 30 August 2015. Web. 19 September 2015.