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The year of 2004, baseball stars like Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi were involved in a scandal regarding steroid usage. On December 2, 2004, Jason Giambi pled guilty for his use of steroids for three seasons. The following day, Barry Bonds also confessed to using a cream, but he claimed, he had no knowledge of its contents. In his 2004 article, “This Is Your Country on Drugs” Carl Elliott, conveys his point of re-evaluating our use of prescribed drugs. Carl Elliott is a well-credited Professor at the University of Minnesota and often writes for New York Times. Despite Elliott’s use of logical fallacies his use of logos, pathos, and ethos to inform Americans on their use of performance-enhancing drugs is convincing. Logos is the appeal to the rationality. Elliott states, “college students take Ritalin to improve their academic performance”(para 2). Later he states the difference between wide range of people and athletes; athletes go to black markets to get their PED, while others go to family doctors because they feel more justified in their actions. He is questioning the ethics of people’s behavior by calling them hypocrites. It seems justifiable for the general public to use PEDs. This would be an example of a false analogy, which means, “comparing two things that prima facie seem similar, but that are not similar” (Jones 6). Elliott claims that everyone uses PEDs even when they are not performing. Not only is there a drug problem with America’s favorite pastime, but also there is a drug problem in the entire nation. Within baseball, Canseco in 2005 claimed, “85% of major league players used steroids and other PEDs”(Solberg 94). By comparing American usage of drugs with baseball athletes using drugs, Elliott provides a false analogy. He states, even non-athletes use PEDs when they are not performing a sport. Elliot presents statistics and comes up

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