Analyze an Argument Magnifying Glass

Strengthening an Argument

As representatives of the people, members of Congress need to be able present clearly and effectively their ideas, positions, and reasons why an idea should or shouldn't be approved and made into law.

A key way to get a better understanding of some of the enduring issues taken up by Congress over the years is to assess the specific points made during the congressional debates. Today, for example, Prohibition is often seen as a national mistake. But how strong were the arguments made by proponents in Congress at that time?

First, let's begin by viewing the 15 Ways to Strengthen an Argument.

15 Ways to Strengthen an Argument

  • 1 Constitutional Basis - argue that it has a strong constitutional (or legal) basis
  • 2 Facts & Statistics - present key facts and figures
  • 3 Personal Examples - give personal examples and illustrations
  • 4 Effectiveness - give evidence of effectiveness of what proposing, that it works
  • 5 Precedents - compare to precedents, analogous situations
  • 6 Core National Values - connect to some of the core values of the country
  • 7 Fair and Equitable - argue that is fair, treats people equally
  • 8 Long-term Benefits - argue that will have benefits well into future, long-term
  • 9 Cons of Alternatives - point out shortcomings of alternative ways of addressing problem
  • 10 Possible Objections - anticipate and respond to possible objections
  • 11 Compromise - point out that it reflects compromise, varied opinions
  • 12 Expert Opinions - cite opinions of experts in this area
  • 13 Public Support - point out broad public support
  • 14 Political Support - point out support of key political groups
  • 15 Emotional Appeal - make emotional appeal
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