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I've felt that this article has been on of my strongest pieces of writing throughout the school year. I believe that the identity of men is still a strong issue today, and that rather than promoting men to act like them selves, society tends to promote an unrealistic image of men as ripped, macho, manly men who shoot first and ask questions later. Just as unrealistic images of women which are propagated in the media cause many problems, those which taunt men often lead to men who are rough and calloused, empty husks of who they truly are. This article is a strongly written piece with a stance on a subject I feel strongly about.
Although one of my first articles, I spent a lot of time and research on this. I feel this article is strong because not only does it point out how much church and state are still intertwined in a nation which says they shouldn't be, but it uses copious amounts of historical evidence to provide a solid background on which to fully understand the issue's development. It also reveals the conflicted nature of the United States as a nation, as well as taking an optimistic stance by pointing out the diversity which makes this country great, rather than its many flaws.
This piece reflects upon the issues of a capitalist society by focusing on the isolated incident of a teenager under the influence committing vehicular manslaughter and getting away with a fine and a slap on the wrist. Why? Because his parents were extremely affluent. The plea for the case was that the boy, Ethan Couch, had lived such a privileged life that he had no way to know the consequences of his actions; about as absurd as the "twinkie" defense. My stance was that this ruling sends a message to the wealthy that they can get away with literal and metaphorical murder, because their sea of riches keeps them above the law.