November, 9th 2016 proved a shocking day for America andthe World after Donald Trump, the Republican flagbearer won thepresidential election by a landslide. Despite the win, Americans tookto the street to protest the election. In the months before theelections, different individuals had voiced their opinions on the twopresidential candidates with some even questioning the democraticprocess in the presidential nominations. These opinions were eitherin written, audio, or video means. Frank Bruni, a New York Timescolumnist, was one of the many individuals displeased with thepresidential candidates. This displeasure was expressed in his April2016 piece, where he explains howundemocratic the presidential nominations were, as well as providesuggestions to increase citizen participation in the Presidentialcampaigns therefore, ensuring the president-elect is the bestcandidate and not the lesser of two evils.
The piece mainly targets political enthusiasts and individualsinterested in the drama resulting from the presidential nominationsand campaigns. Throughout the column, Bruni does not pick any sidebut instead criticises both party nominations and presidentialcandidates. Bruni expresses disapproval of both Presidentialcandidates and even quotes surveys conducted by other news agenciesin a bid to ensure the reader is convinced of his displeasure (Bruni1). Showing impartiality in the piece allows a boost in hiscredibility. This boost in credibility illustrates Bruni’s use ofethos to persuade the reader to accept his point of view. Bruni’simpartiality illustrates ethics a character that results in theaudience agreeing with his opinion piece.
Bruni also employs an appeal to logos using facts and statisticsabout the United States election. Bruni ‘s explains how thecampaigns are carried out and the role of the media in promotingthese two unfavourable candidates. Providing facts on how the mediais treating the campaigns allows Bruni to show the audience thevarious reasons why the American people are disinterested with theircandidates. Bruni also employs population and voter statistics toillustrate the lack of democracy in the presidential nominations(Bruni 3). The use of statistics allows Bruni to show his audiencehow a small part of the population has influenced the voting choicesof the larger population. The appeal to logos assists Bruni toconvince the reader that his opinion is right.
Other than the ethos and logos appeals, Bruni also uses an appeal topathos in the introductory and middle parts of the opinion piece.Emotion evoking words characterise Bruni`s introduction. Bruni arguesthat candidates should focus on making America functional rather thanpromising to return the country to its former glory (Bruni 1). Bruniappeals to the audience’s emotions by making the reader think ofthe various problems not addressed by the presidential candidates.
. I agree with the column on the different points provided. Ibelieve the presidential nomination process does not consider theviews of the masses. I also believe that there should be threepolitical parties due to the high numbers of independents within theAmerican population. Bruni also explains that a high number ofAmericans are displeased with the candidates. I also hold this pointof view as both candidates are either too old therefore,disconnected from the needs of the young or too inexperienced to runa nation as powerful as the USA.
Frank Bruni’s opinion piece explains the various points ofdiscontent that Americans had regarding the election. The variousirregularities, propaganda, lack of involvement by many Americancitizens., and scandals that have emerged throughout the presidentialcampaign illustrate some of the reasons behind the displeasure withthe two presidential candidates. There is a need for election reformto ensure citizens do not vote for the less evil but instead, electthe best candidate among two or three good individuals.
Bruni, Frank. " ." 19 April2016. The New York Times . Web.