Persuasive Dialogue (A Rising Stars Assignment)
|Ray: They should just leave him alone to do his job...
Ray: The President, of course, this stuff in Congress is bull, and you know it.
Colin: Well, I don’t, actually, but I’m willing to hear you out, Ray.
Ray: How can he do his job with people hounding him all the time?
Colin: Okay, first, they have some pretty damaging evidence that he committed several crimes, but let’s let that play out. Why is it, exactly, you want me to believe he’s doing a good job?
Ray: I want you to get behind him! He deserves your support, because he’s doing great things for the country!
Colin: Okay… So give me an example.
Ray: Immigration. How about that? He’s stopping illegal immigration.
Colin: I’ll agree that illegal border crossing is an issue, but the immigration problem has many facets to it. I assume you can agree with that, right?
Colin: And how is he actually stopping illegal border crossings?
Ray: The wall, man. He’s building a great big wall along the border!
Colin: So the solution is a medieval one… that was defeated by the catapult in the 400 BC. Brilliant... In fact, last week someone defeated the new wall with a battery powered sawzall. They have video of people having contests on who can climb it the fastest!
Ray: Oh, that’s just a bunch of crap the media puts out to make it look bad!
Colin: Yeah, yeah… fake news, I get it. But what if it is real?
Ray: Then we add some guard towers! Let ‘em try it then!
Colin: So now you’re advocating for a militarized border with our number one trading partner? How do you think that’s going to go over with them?
Ray: Don’t care...
Colin: You should. Not to mention we rely on their labor force to eat. Ask the farmers...
Ray: Then let them come on a work visa!
Colin: Most do. But our government is so slow processing them, they can’t keep up. If you ask me, I’d rather have food at a reasonable cost.
Ray: That’s not my problem...
Colin: It will be when you can’t afford to feed your family. But hey, maybe there’s a better solution. A wall will be insanely expensive… I know, I’m an engineer. It will also have serious consequences to plant life and animal migration, and in some places, put US land on the wrong side of the wall!
Ray: I don’t care about cost or any of that stuff...
Colin: But, what if we used drone technology. I would create jobs for veterans, ground penetrating radar could see tunnels, and they could carry non-lethal weapons. If all that fails, it could track people night or day for the Border Patrol.
Ray: That sounds far fetched...
Colin: It isn’t. It’s all available today.
Ray: But if this President says build a wall, then damn it, I want a wall!
Colin: I figured you’d say that…