Donato-woodger 1 Benjamin Donato-Woodger Mrs.

D'Amata ENG4UP October 6th, 2010

No Immigrants Left Behind

If Republicans ever discover the value of honesty, they will have to speak like Stephen Colbert. Called to testify to the United States Senate on the Agricultural Jobs Bill, Colbert presents a satiric speech where he pretends to hold Republican views while actually defending the Democratic Party's position. In Stephen Colbert's testimony, his use of tone, organization and intentional language errors make his testimony more effective at dismantling the Republican position's credibility. Stephen Colbert's satiric tone illustrates the lunacy of American xenophobia, contributing to his argument. His sarcasm allows him to entertainingly discuss things Americans already know about agriculture. An example is his bemoaning of how farm labour is difficult because “most soil is at ground level,” and the travesty that despite all the government funding nothing has been done to “make the soil at least waist high” (Colbert). Beneath the entertainment, Colbert's satire subtly reminds his largely urban audience why they should be grateful for the work that others put into feeding them—evoking pathos for farm workers. Colbert enforces his satiric tone using oxymora to show the Republican position's hypocrisy. An example of this is when he tells how his grandfather didn't come to America to “see this country overrun by immigrants” (Colbert). Here Colbert's sarcasm makes multiples points to listeners: America has always depended on the labour supplied by immigrants; and even Republicans' forefathers were at one time immigrants—assuming they didn't have preternatural births like Dick Cheney. Colbert's choice to cease his satiric tone

both these facts re-emerge supporting the claim in his thesis that “let's face it. This organizational choice increasingly connects issues facing agriculture to those facing immigrant labour allowing listeners to easily see the symbiotic relationship he . Colbert's tone is also strengthened by his use of hyperbole. [immigrants] will probably be doing these jobs anyways” (Colbert). Hyperbole is used in a similar fashion throughout his speech to reiterate an important point while also making listeners laugh. while simultaneously mocking the absurdities underlying Republican xenophobia.Donato-woodger 2 while presenting his thesis contrasts his message with the otherwise light tone of his speech. His anticlimactic organization begins by explaining that people will always consume produce and that immigrants have long performed jobs naturalized citizens leave vacant (Colbert). This allows him to transition from describing the “lack of available labour” to how the government can fill the demand by passing the Agricultural Jobs Bill (Colbert). Thus his real argument that “improved legal status might allow immigrants recourse if they are abused” because “if your coworker can't be exploited. Thus Colbert ensures the statistics are still clear in the listeners mind when discussing the benefits the Agricultural Jobs Bill could bring—which strengthens his appeal to logos given how quickly such statistics can be forgotten. Another persuasive organizational choice Colbert makes is to present the economics of how “the invisible hand does not want to pick beans” before his thesis . Though seemingly obvious. when he suggests America's dependency on immigrant labour could be solved if “all of us stop eating fruits and vegetables” the hyperbole indirectly reminds Americans of agriculture’s importance while further suggesting government intervention is needed—as only the government can enforce rules “all of us” will follow (Colbert). In these ways Colbert's satiric tone enhances the cogency of his argument. Colbert's choice to organize his speech around his inductive reasoning persuades listeners by proving his supporting evidence before converging all their implications in his thesis... then you're less likely to be exploited yourself” is more distinct in the listener's memory (Colbert).

By making intentional language errors in ways that subvert their original meaning Stephen Colbert effectively forces readers to think critically about their usage once more. rather than implying the invisible hand of capitalism always balances supply and demand. and intentional language errors. This dismantling of the Republican position illustrates the beauty of democracy—when everyone is given the right to freedom of speech. Colbert uses other meaningless phrases and metaphors of the right-wing in uncommon ways that give them new meaning. people like him will use it to speak with honesty. organizational methods. we must secure our borders” (Colbert). Colbert creates the imagery of it as a force dealing disruptive blows to the economy with all-too-visible consequences. In conclusion. through his adept application of tone.Donato-woodger 3 envisages the two forming by the essay's conclusion. An example is when he says “the invisible hand has already moved over eighty-four thousand acres of production and over twenty-two thousand farm jobs to Mexico” (Colbert). Colbert instead portrays it to Americans as an ominous tide pressuring businesses to eliminate jobs so as to increase profit margins. thus. Colbert's intentional language errors mock the dying metaphors and meaningless phrases of the Republican Party to effectively demonstrate how a xenophobic attitude towards immigrant labour is misguided. Stephen Colbert persuasively argues how America can benefit from immigrant labour. . to them the phrase implies something completely different: to Republicans it envisages a hyper-militarized border. Colbert uses what George Orwell would call doublespeak when he says “I agree with Congressman King. Though both believe in a border that while porous to trade is a solid barrier to illegal immigration. Though this type of doublespeak is normally a tool of deception. here Colbert uses it to remind Americans that Democrats have the same objective as Republicans—national security and job growth. By casting this overused metaphor into a new light. but to Colbert it would mean a bill making it easier for immigrants to become employed and receive legal protection.

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