The tragedy of World War II left the world in rubble. In 1945, a continent once controlled by fascist and communist dictators found itself in the process of rehabilitation not only of cities but also of government systems. With Hitler and Mussolini literally out of the equation, the world could seemingly recover peacefully. However, seventy-four years later in 2019, similar problems are beginning to rise out of the ashes of WWII. Under the presidency of Donald Trump, the United States government is beginning to align itself with fascist ideology. Traditionally, fascism creates social and government systems that support a centralized government, national and racial purity, and militarism. In her article “Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?” former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright explores the danger of this new trend, pointing to the ways in which President Trump’s undemocratic decision-making in the Oval Office perpetuates this ideology. U.S. citizens on either side of the political spectrum should pay attention to Albright’s argument while testing for manipulative rhetoric. A resurrection of this political ideology could have negative implications both at home and abroad. Thus, by examining the impact of certain presidential actions, the following rhetorical analysis allows for an apolitical look into Albright’s claims, evidence, and reasoning.
Prof. Justin Kirk
"Undemocratic and Liable,"
Pepperdine Journal of Communication Research: Vol. 7, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/pjcr/vol7/iss1/7