In regards to our recent topic of logical fallacies, I thought it fitting to address "appealing to popular opinion". I remembered from the beginning of the year the days we spent studying American culture and identifying popular trends and whatnot. I think sometime in the unit Mr. Heidkamp showed us a campaign ad for John McCain. I recalled this ad vividly, where he campaigns for his Arizona senate seat by supporting and promising to help the fight across the border. McCain starts out the ad by referencing "drug and human smuggling, home invasions, and murder", after which the border patrol officer discusses the action being made and proudly says, "Senator, you're one of us." This conversation exhibits multiple fallacies. For one, McCain appeals to authority, looking to validate his argument through use of the credibility of an uniformed border officer. Also, McCain appeals to popular opinion when referencing the crimes committed. He associates all of these injustices with people who cross the border, no doubt affirming the thoughts of many across the nation. Finally, if someone could figure out this last one, it would be great. The border patrol moves from "completing the danged fence" to outright saying, "Senator, you're one of us", as if the entire situation is one of patriotism. This argument also includes the complete disregard for the reasons people cross the border, even if they come to America for opportunity, family, etc.