Epitrope (e-pi’-tro-pe): A figure in which one turns things over to one’s hearers, either pathetically, ironically, or in such a way as to suggest a proof of something without having to state it. Epitrope often takes the form of granting permission (hence its Latin name, permissio), submitting something for consideration, or simply referring to the abilities of the audience to supply the meaning that the speaker passes over (hence Puttenham’s term, figure of reference). Epitrope can be either biting in its irony, or flattering in its deference.

The clock was ticking on corona virus but you weren’t paying attention. Why should you when you believe you are in safe hands and that our leaders have our best interests at heart. But worse, it wasn’t so much a clock ticking as it was a calendar displaying used up days–days that could’ve been spent preparing for the oncoming catastrophe. 

You are nurses. You know better than I do how important is to have life saving equipment and an adequate number beds for the sick and dying during a pandemic. You know our President has let us down and continues to let us down as we are ravaged by the virus. Not enough equipment. Not enough beds. Not enough of anything, including compassion and competent leadership.  

When the dust settles and the world is more or less whole again we must take up the solemn duty of removing the worst President we have ever had from office by the power we have that’s vested in the vote. However personally difficult, your voices must be heard. Your experiences must be shared. We must never forget the terrible things he has done, and he is doing, to America. Given your first hand knowledge and experience, your voices will be an important asset in the campaign to drive him out of office, out of Washington, DC, out of anywhere he tries to put down roots and poison the character of the community.

You know it’s the right thing to do. We need each other to get back our country and heal it and win back the respect of the world.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu).

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